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“A Misreading of Camus”

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Casner, Howard W. (American playwright, 1954-____), “A Misreading of Camus,”

a 10-minute comedy-drama in English, set in a popular coffee bar, daytime, 1998,


  •  © 1998 by Howard W. Casner;  •  script/American rights available from playwright Howard W. Casner, 619 West Stratford, 304, Chicago, Illinois  60657, U.S.A., e-mail hcasner@aol.com, telephone (home) 773-871-7860; or script/international rights from agent at  byrn@hollowhills.fsnet.co.uk.  •  Cited by Howard W. Casner, via ftp April 2, 2001; Casner says,

  §  Dramatis Personae Man One (m), 22, curious listener; Man Two (m), 22, expert on philosophy.

  §  Synopsis “Man Two sees a picture in a magazine of a famous person whom he is sure he met not long ago. Man One is intrigued and wants to know all the details. Both make crypic references to the article. The circumstances were that Man Two and the man in the magazine started talking in a bar. It became clear that the famous man made advances and wanted to go home with Man Two. However, Man Two became distrustful when the person pretended to know a lot about philosophy (Man Two’s area of expertise), clearly lying about his interest in the subject and making a fatal error about the author Camus,  revealed by his thinking that Satre wrote The Plague. Man Two began to think he was faking and decided not to take him home. Man One cannot believe that Man Two turned down such a gorgeous man for such superficial reasons. The young man, if he is indeed the one in the paper, has since gone on to murder someone and the questions of ‘Why?’ and ‘Could it have been me?’ hang in the air, hinted at but not spoken until the end.

  §  Comment “Simple set with table and chairs. The play was combined with two other plays, ‘A Cold Coming We Had of It’ and ‘A Little Lear and Laundry’ for a highly successful evening called Random Acts: Three Tales From Boystown. Each play has only one setting and could be presented on a bare stage—the only props required are a few tables and chairs and a colourful sheet. The three plays can be performed together to create a single show, or can be performed seperatly as required. They plays compliment each other well but also stand alone. Productions of these plays could be easy to set and stage, as costumes are modern. While the plays are set in America, they could be translated to any modern urban setting. These three plays have been published on-line by Hollow Hills Publishing of the U.K.  • Casner’s plays have been seen in the U.S.A. in Chicago, Los Angeles, Seattle, and New York City.”

  §  Themes Boystown, Camus (Albert Camus, French philosopher, male bonding, novelist, playwright, essayist, 1913-1960), coffee shop/bar, existentialism, gay, serial killer, twist ending.

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