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Elwell, Jeffery Scott (American playwright, dean, college professor, 1957-____), “Evening Education,”

a 40-minute drama in English, set in a college professor’s office, night, in 1991,


; • © 1991 by Jeffery Elwell; • in Off Off Broadway Festival Plays, 25th Series (New York: Samuel French, Inc., 1991); • script/rights available from Samuel French, Inc., 7623 Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, California 90046, telephone 213-876-0570, fax 213-876-6882, http://www.samuelfrench.com/store/; Canadian Representative, Samuel French, Ltd., 80 Richmond Street East, Toronto M5C 1P1, Canada, telephone 416-363-3536, fax 416-363-1108, SF 7921; contact Jeffery Elwell, Dean, College of Fine Arts and Communication, East Carolina University, 210 Whichard Building, Greenville, North Carolina 27858, U.S.A., telephone 252-328-1282, JScottElwell@netscape.net. • • Cited by playwright via e-mail, June 13, 1996; Elwell says,

§ Dramatis Personae Stephen Toppman (m), 36, a pompous white, tenured college professor; Aaron Foster (m), 50, a black janitor.

§ Synopsis “Working late one evening, Toppman accuses Aaron of breaking the marble obelisk on his desk. Aaron asserts his innocence, first calmly and then more vehemently, and in the process reveals his own past as well as the professor's. A bond based on mutual understanding and respect is forged between the two men ... or is it?”—Samuel French, Inc., http://www.samuelfrench.com/store/, accessed November 19, 2004.

§ Another Synopsis “Stephen Toppman is a young, white, tenured college professor who teaches dramatic literature. Aaron Foster is a 50-year-old black janitor. Working in his office one evening, Toppman discovers that a marble obelisk on his desk has been broken. He accuses Aaron, who asserts his innocence, first calmly, then more vehemently as Toppman refuses to believe him. This evening, it is Toppman who gets the education as Aaron reveals his own past as well as the professor’s.”—University of Nebraska-Lincoln - Scarlets Web - 2/17/00, http://www.unl.edu/scarlet/v10n05/v10n05arts.html, accessed November 20, 2004.

§ Comment“Produced Off-Off-Broadway in 1994, in New Orleans (1992), and in Kentucky (1994). Single, simple set. Simple props.” • “Jeffery Elwell, chair of the Department of Theatre Arts at the University of Nebraska, has been named dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication at East Carolina University. Elwell, whose appointment is effective Nov. 15, is also executive artistic director of the Nebraska Repertory Theatre. He will be the first permanent dean of the college, which was established last year in a reorganization of academic units. . . . Elwell has been at the University of Nebraska since 1999. Previously he held faculty and administrative positions at Marshall University and Mississippi State University, He received a bachelor's degree in English from California State University-Bakersfield, a master's in communication/theatre from the University of Southwestern Louisiana and a Ph.D. in speech communication/theatre from Southern Illinois University. He is the author of 17 plays that have been produced in New York, including two winners in the Off Off-Broadway Short Play Festival. He is a frequent producer and director of theatrical productions, and has received 60 grants and fellowships totaling more than $600,000.”—Message from the Dean, http://www.ecu.edu/cs-cfac/dean.cfm, accessed November 19, 2004.

§ Themes academe, college, lesson, sanitation, school, teaching.

See also Jeffery Scott Elwell's

  • "The Art of Dating," a twelve-minute romantic comedy in English set in a crowded restaurant in the very near future (post-1994), 1m2f or 2m1f
  • "Confession," a 20-minute drama in English set in a prison cell, 1988, 4m
  • "Dead Fish," a 40-minute dark comedy in English set on a pier by the ocean, 1997, 1m1f
  • "Family Lessons," a 40-minute black comedy in English set in a typical suburban home, 1992, 1990, 2m2f
  • "First Date," a 15-minute drama in English set in a crowded restaurant, 1942, 1m3f
  • "My Day," a 15-minute monodrama in English set at a high school state track meet, 1992, 1m
  • "An Ordinary Morning," a 25-minute drama in English set in a kitchen, 1990, 1m
  • "Stepping Out," a 25-minute comedy in English set in a large city, 1983, 2m2f
  • "Truth and Consequences," a 22-minute serious drama in English, set anywhere, 1989, 2m2f
  • "The Turn Down," a 15-minute drama in English set in a bar, 1997, 1m1f
  • "Violent Images," a 17-minute drama in English set in a photographer's residence, 1990, 2m1f

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