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Rohan-Vargas, Fred (Hispanic-American playwright, artist, educator, January 27,1949-____), “Anything but Black,”

a 20-minute dramedy in English, set in the gift exchange center in a department store, early morning, 2003,


; • © 2003 by Fred Rohan-Vargas; • in Fred Rohan-Vargas’ Anything but Black (Jackson Heights, New York, U.S.A.: The Author, 2003); • script/rights available from Fred Rohan-Vargas, 30-90th Street, Jackson Heights, New York 11369-1705, U.S.A., telephone (home/work) 718-426-2585, http://www.rohanvargas.com. • Cited by Fred Rohan-Vargas via ftp July 25, 2004; Rohan-Vargas says,

§ Dramatis Personae Marty (m), 40, Jewish-American; Lloyd (m), 40, African-American.

§ Synopsis “Two friends bump into each other at a department store’s gift exchange center. Both men are holding dolls that they bought for each other’s daughter. Both men see themselves as open-minded people who share common ground in politics as well as social concerns. Lloyd, who is African-American, accuses his friend Marty of being a racist because he’s returning the “black” doll Lloyd and his wife gave as a gift, to his daughter. In retaliation, Marty, who is Jewish-American, accuses Lloyd of his insensitivity to the other half of his daughter’s heritage, which happens to be Filipino.

§ Comment “Included in the set are a counter and a few chairs or bench that reflects a department store. Perhaps a sign saying ‘Customer Service’ or ‘Exchange/Refund Center.’ Main props are two baby dolls: one dark skin and one light skin. Both men are married and have daughters of the same age. • ‘Anything But Black’ was a finalist in Yankee's Rep Theatre One Act Festival 2003 in New York City. It was selected by The Riant Theatre and was a finalist in its Strawberry One Act Festival 2004 in New York City as well.”

§ Themes acceptance of differences, identity, self-evaluation, friendship, racism, societal definition.

See also Fred Rohan-Vargas’s

  • "Accent," an 18-minute comedy in English, set in a doctor's office, 1996, 2m
  • "Eclipse," a 20-minute comedy in English, set on a street corner in a New York City's East Village, late evening on a week day, 1994, 2m1f
  • "Friends," a 10-minute drama in English, set in a fast-food restaurant and cemetery, noon, 1997, 2f
  • "Fly a Kite," a 20-minute bare-stage dark comedy in English, set in an open area in a public park, late afternoon, 1997, 2m
  • "War," a 10-minute comedy in English, set in a conference room in a courthouse, on a weekday morning, 1997, 1m1f

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