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“A Topnotch Man”

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Aaron, Hugh (American playwright, writer, 1924-____), “A Topnotch Man,”

a 25-minute realistic drama in English, set in a business executive’s office, today, midmorning,


 •  © 1999 by Hugh Aaron;  •  script/rights available from Hugh Aaron, 71 Congress Street, Belfast, Maine 04915, U.S.A., e-mail Haaron@StonesPointPress.com, telephone (home) 207-338-1921, (work) 207-338-1921, fax 207-338-8379.  •  Cited by Hugh Aaron, via ftp December 27, 1999; Aaron says,

  §  Dramatis Personae Phil (m), 45, a successful businessman; Calvin (m), a college professor.

  §  “Synopsis “Cal, Phil’s former college teacher, calls on Phil to borrow some money in order to help out a friend, a drug addict, in need of detoxification. The history of Cal’s and Phil’s past relationship is revealed: Cal, unbeknownst to Phil, had loved him sexually when he was his student, but Cal had never indicated this until now for he knew Phil was straight. Phil soon discovers that Cal actually needs the funds to feed his own habit and threatens to throw Cal out. But Cal reminds Phil that he owes him a favor; it was through Cal’s connections that Phil was accepted at Harvard more than 20 years before. Foiled, and disgusted, Phil bitterly gives Cal the money he requested and asks him to leave. Cal leaves and sits in the office lobby weeping. When the receptionist advises Phil of this, Phil renegs and realizes that Cal is to be pitied and needs help. He calls Cal back in.

  §  Comment “One scene, no changes, nothing special required, simply two actors sparring with words.  •  This play had been read by two excellent actors who brought it to life. It turned out to be quite powerful and elicited the applause of other actors who stopped their rehearsing to listen to the sparring and mounting drama. The play has not been professionally staged.”

  §  Themes addiction, altruism, borrowing, college, connection, detoxification, drug, emotional blackmail, generation gap, Harvard University, homosexuality, male bonding, obligation, teacher-student relationship, teaching, treatment, visit.

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