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November, 2002, Theatre-Studio, Inc. production of Barry M. Putt, Jr.'s play Gutter Rat directed by William Lewis.
Left to Right: Michael Papaleo as Roan. David Herman as Alex.


Putt, Barry M., Jr. (English/Italian playwright, screen writer, 1969-____), “Gutter Rat,”

a 31-minute drama in English, set in the bottom of a sewer, daytime, 2001,


  •  © 2001 by Barry M. Putt, Jr.;  •  script/rights available from Barry M. Putt, Jr., P.O. Box 7233, Somerset, New Jersey 08875-7233, U.S.A., e-mail bmputt@aol.com, telephone (home) 732-846-1497.  •  Cited by Barry M. Putt, Jr. via ftp May 7, 2002; Putt says,

  §  Dramatis Personae Roan (m), 22, lonely, street-wise, troll-like man, who has been betrayed by everyone important to him in life; Alex (m), 22, down and out, good-hearted.

  §  Synopsis “A jaded troll-like man cons a do-gooder into his lair and attempts to psychologically break him down hoping to make the do-gooder his obedient pet.

  §  Comment “‘Gutter Rat’ is a dark drama about the loss of innocence.  •  This play is done in one scene in real time. Minimal props are needed. This play premiered in New York City at The Theatre-Studio, Inc., in November, 2002.

  §  Themes dominance, homelessness, scavenging.

See also Barry M. Putt, Jr.’s

  • "Interpretations," a 30-minute drama in English, set (1) in the cafeteria of the Jubilee Advertising Agency, U.S.A., lunch time, 1997; (2) Tammy's cubical, the next day; (3) cafeteria, lunch time, one week later; (4) Lee's office, late that day; (5) cafeteria, lunch time, two days later, 1m3f
  • "Mother of the Year," a 12-minute comedy in English, set (1a) The bedroom of a teenager, Charl Shifaman, in a suburban house, U.S.A., 1999, (1b) Charl's family room, recent past; (2) a  town sidewalk, recent past; (3) Charl's bedroom, recent past, (4) Charl's family room, recent past, (5) entrance to a trendy dance club, recent past, (6) restaurant waiting area, recent past, (7) Charl's bedroom, 1999, (8) Mom's room, sanitarium, three months later, 3m1f
  • "The Porch," a 10-minute drama in English in three scenes, set on Hank's front porch, Beaverdam, Virginia, U.S.A., 2004, 2m1f
  • "The Reign of Leaves," a 30-minute mystery, set in the living room of an Iowa farm house, U.S.A., on a winter evening, 1997, 2m2f

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