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Dolcino, Doug (American playwright, 1966-____), “Dowsing,”

an 8-minute chamber play in English, set in a desert, midday, 1999,


  •  © 1999 by Doug Dolcino;  •  script/rights available from Doug Dolcino, 33 North State Street, Room 1, Concord, Hampshire, 03301, U.S.A., telephone (home) 603-271-3323, e-mail dgdolcino@aol.com.•  Cited by Doug Dolcino, via ftp January 18, 2000; Dolcino says,

 §  Dramatis Personae Moshe (m), late twenties; Hiam (m), early thirties, a dowser.

 §  Synopsis “Desperate to find a clean source of water in the middle of a parched desert, Moshe hires the services of Hiam—a dowser who uses a divining rod to search for water deep underground. As Hiam raises Moshe’s expectations, first claiming to have discovered the location of a stream,  river, waterfall and finally an ocean right before his very eyes, Moshe hurries from one spot to another, ready to dig with his shovel in his search for water. Yet his efforts are stymied when Hiam tells Moshe that each water source has mysteriously dried up.

  §  Comment “A surprise twist closes the play, contrasting the mysterious forces of nature with the human urge to uncover hidden truths.  •  Set: no set required. Props: a cup, shovel and divining rod. ‘Dowsing’ is the perfect addition to a night of short plays, deceptively simple in plot yet full of evocative imagery and emotional depth. Highly recommended for an actor looking for a subtle work combining physicality with solid writing.”

 §  Themes desert, dowsing, hope, longing, mystery, thirst, water.

 •  See also Doug Dolcino’s

  • Best Years,” a 35-minute chamber play in English, set in the showroom floor of a furniture store, seven minutes before opening, the present, 2m
  • Drowning,” a 10-minute chamber play in English, set on a beach, 2000, 2m1f
  • Number 10,”  a 10-minute chamber play in English, set in a living room, 1999, 2m
  • Serenade,” a 12-minute comedy-drama in English, set below a balcony, night, 1998, 2m1f

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