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Marxism: The Gospel According to Groucho”

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LeMaster, David, Ph.D. (American playwright, Professor of Theater and English, September 19, 1966-____), “Marxism: The Gospel According to Groucho,”

a 45-minute comedy-drama in English, set in the Vaudeville Theatre, 1990,


© 1990 by David LeMaster, script/rights available from Encore Performance Publishing, P.O. Box 692 , Orem, Utah 84059, U.S.A., store address 555 South State Street Suite 110, Orem, Utah 84058, U.S.A., telephone 801-225-0605, fax 801-765-0489, e-mail encoreplay@aol.com, http://www.encoreplay.com/; or David LeMaster, U.S.A., telephone (home) 281-648-9812, Houston, Texas, U.S.A. Cited by David LeMaster, via ftp, June 29, 1998; LeMaster says,

  §  Dramatis Personae Dave Radman (m), a writer; Charles Grimm (m), a janitor.

  §  Synopsis “Dave Radman, a young journalist, must write a story on the Vaudeville Theatre, a building marked for destruction.  He reluctantly shows up there one afternoon for an appointment, expecting to see the president of a ‘Save the Theater’ committee, but only one man greets him: Charles Grimm.  Grimm, it turns out, is the janitor. Grimm shows Radman the magic of the theatre.  During a series of theatrical explorations—in which they soft-shoe, eat lunch on the backdrop, explore the props cabinet, and fence—Grimm and Radman peal away years of heartache and anger, discovering that both have hidden their sorrow behind the comedian’s mask. By the end, we suspect Grimm is no janitor, but, instead, a theatre ghost.

  §  Comment “The only requirement is a space; it may be as dirty and run-down as the designer desires.  Props include a props cabinet, a sack lunch, greasepaint, two fencing foils, a hand-held recorder, pen and paper, a mirror, and Harpo’s bicycle horn. Marxism has received successful productions at Texas Tech University, Eastern Michigan State University, LaGrange College (Georgia) and Moco Studios (Texas). It is on next year’s schedule [1998-1999] at Angelina College (Texas).  I am a Professor of Theater and English at San Jacinto College (Houston).  I’m published in Stephen Minot’s Three Genres text, The Journal of Popular Film and Television, Theatre Journal, and Reflections.”

  §  Themes custodianship, demolition, theatre, philosophy, preservation, vaudeville, visit, writing.

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