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"Fish Kill on Maria Sanchez"

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Grissom, Doug, (American playwright, professor, 1953- ), "Fish Kill on Maria Sanchez,"

a 35- minute drama in English set on a bank of a lake, North Florida, night, summer 1964,

2m (1 m is black, 1 m is white),

© 1994, script/rights available from Doug Grissom, 308 Bennington Road, Charlottesville, VA 22901, telephone (home) 804-979-3685, (work) 804-824-8971. Cited by playwright via ftp, June 15, 1997; Grissom says,

Dramatis Personae Byron (m), a black man; Rex (m), a white man

Synopsis "Byron, a black man, is fishing; Rex, a white man, approaches and threatens Byron. Byron responds, and the two hurl racial insults at each other while they unload their fishing gear and settle into a night of fishing. They wonder what is causing the fish to die; Rex says it is 'pollution stuff,' but Byron has heard rumors of explosives thrown in the water-a result of the racial unrest in the town. They attempt to ignore the racial tension of the town, but one or the other keeps returning to it, either overtly or obliquely. A man in the shadows motions Rex over; when Rex returns he tells Byron to leave-Rex has been told to 'clear the niggers out.' Byron refuses. In their arguing, the story of their first meeting and subsequent friendship comes out. After the shared memory runs its course, Byron reveals that he knows Rex threw a hand granade into the lake to kill the fish. Rex again tells Byron to leave. Byron refuses, and Rex says, "I can't just walk away." Byron says, "Neither can I." They stare at each other as the lights fade.

Themes explosives, fishing, race.




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1/2/3/4 for the Show: A Guide to Small-Cast One-Act Plays

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