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“A Shortcut to Paradise”

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Kossman, Nina (American playwright, author, 1959-____), “A Shortcut to Paradise,”

a 15-minute bare-stage drama in English, set in a boys’ room in house in a Moslem fundamentalist country, not long after the events of September 11, 2001,

2m (both are children)

; • © 2002 by Nina Kossman; • in Nina Kossman’s A Shortcut to Paradise (Long Island City, New York, U.S.A.: The Author, 2002) • script/rights available from Nina Kossman, 19-22A 22 Road, Long Island City, New York 11105, U.S.A., e-mail nkossman@columbia.edu, telephone (home) 718-932-1421, fax 718-932-1421. • Cited by Nina Kossman via ftp March 12, 2002, 2001; Kossman says,

§ Dramatis Personae Abdul (m), 6, younger brother to Rashid; Rashid (m), 9, older brother to Abdul.

§ Synopsis “It’s the end of 2001 in Pakistan (or Iraq—any Moslem country where anti-Americanism holds sway), and two brothers, Abdul, age six, and Rashid, age nine, are playing at being martyrs. The game involves one of them pretending to be an airplane, while the other boy is one of the Twin Towers in the process of being toppled. The game stops being fun when the brothers, instead of their reward in paradise, get a vision they did not expect and the piercing understanding of what the ‘martyrs’ have inflicted on the real victims of 911.

§ Comment “Bare stage or a single set & minimal props. May add a poster or a wall-hanging in Arabic or Urdu to indicate that the action is taking place in a Moslem country.”

§ Themes 9-11 (September 11, 2001), anti-Americanism, brainwashing, brother-brother relationship, childhood, death, game-playing, Islamic paradise, martyrdom, naivete, suicide bomber, terrorism, Twin Towers (World Trade Center, New York City), victimization, vision.

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