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Peace, Stephen P. (American playwright, environmental compliance officer, 19__-____), “Billy,”

a 30-minute drama in English, set in a living room in a suburban American city, in the near future,

2m (+ f voice);

  •  © 1995 by Stephen P. Peace;  •  script/rights available from Stephen Peace, 1656 Canberra Drive, Stone Mountain, Georgia 30088, U.S.A., e-mail sweeping@mindspring.com, telephone (home) 770-981-4707.  •  Cited by Stephen Peace, via ftp August 20, 1999; Peace says,

  § Dramatis Personae Billy (m), 17, a self-sufficient American; Wyatt (m), Billy’s brother-in-law; Linda (female offstage voice), Billy’s sister.

  § Synopsis “Billy is running through gunfire to his brother-in-law’s house. Wyatt, at the window rifle in hand, watches the dash in alarm. Wyatt’s wife Linda is hiding in the basement. Billy bursts through the opened door. He describes his dangerous run. Wyatt is appalled that Billy—or anyone with any sense—would be out on Population Reduction and Revenue Enhancement Day. Billy, looking out the window, explains that many people having bought their licenses for $1,000 intend to get their ten kills. Such people also plan to avenge supposed slights or grievances. ‘Like that guy that is peeking into your neighbors window. I hope you don’t like your neighbor much.’ Billy encourages Wyatt to shoot the hunter outside before the hunter shoots the neighbor. Wyatt hesitates. Billy shoots the hunter through the window. Shortly, Billy hears car horns blowing; he tells Wyatt to watch out the window. Wyatt is appalled to see an armored car drive past with dead bodies on the hood and roof. Wyatt thinks that Population Reduction and Revenue Enhancement Day is only going to last this one day, but Billy holds that there is no way people will give up killing once they have a taste for it. Billy suggests that Linda must share Wyatt with all of the single females who will be left behind. Billy, who compares everything and every idea he has to some movie he has seen, recalls Lord of the Flies, in which Englishmen came to the island and saved the boys who had turned savage. But, Billy thinks, nobody will come and save Wyatt, Linda, and him—except themselves.

  § Comment “Strange play—one of a series of strange plays about problems with guns and violence. Two scenes, one set.”

  § Themes anti-gun, anti-violence, Generation X.
 
 

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