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Walker, William Patrick (aka “Scot” William Patrick Walker, American playwright, author, editor, 19__-____), “November 22,”a 20-minute mystery in English, set in a studio apartment, November 22,

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; • © 2001 by William P. Walker; • in William P. Walker’s November 22 (Falls Church, Virginia, U.S.A.: The Author, 2001); • script/rights available from Scot Walker, 2805 Bolling Road, Falls Church, Virginia 22042, U.S.A., telephone (home) 703-534-3230, e-mail Scotwalker2004@yahoo.com, http://wwww.scotwalker.com. • Cited by “Scot” Walker via ftp January 30, 2002; Walker says,

§ Dramatis Personae Patrick (m), player; Michael (m), retired CIA agent, player.

§ Synopsis “The card game becomes more and more intense, and Patrick inadvertently says they are playing to the death. Michael tells Patrick not to talk like that, not today. It takes Patrick a few moments to remember what had happened on November 22nd—the day President Kennedy was shot. Michael then admits that he knows who killed the President. He is a retired CIA agent and spent time in the CIA file room: he saw the records. Michael wants to tell the truth, he’s dying and wants someone to know who killed the President, but he’s been sworn to secrecy and knows that if he tells anyone directly, he will be cruelly murdered. Michael may hint, however, and if Patrick guesses the truth then Michael won’t break his vow. At first, Patrick is convinced that Oswald did it, ‘Oswald did it. I remember everything and it all happened so fast—too damned fast if you ask me,’ Patrick says, ‘Too fast . . . faster than normal? Why do you think that was?’ Michael asks. ‘Cronkite told us Oswald was in the warehouse and then hid in a movie theater. Every American knew exactly what had happened—almost before we knew Kennedy was dead, we knew who did it,’ Patrick says. ‘How do you suppose that happened?’ Michael asks. Then, through a continuous line of questioning, Patrick discovers the truth.

§ Comment “The play ends with a double twist. The first denouement reveals the man responsible for the death of President Kennedy as Lyndon Baines Johnson. The second denouement has Patrick stand up, walk behind Michael and strangle him, admitting that he works for the CIA and has been watching Patrick for years.”

§ Themes anniversary, betrayal, CIA (Central Intelligence Agency), crime, Cronkite (Walter Cronkite, American television journalist and commentator, 1916-____), death, friendship, game, Kennedy (John F. Kennedy, thirty-fifth American President, May 29, 1917-November 22, 1963), oath, Oswald (Lee Harvey Oswald, presumed assassin of John F. Kennedy, in Dallas, Texas, U.S.A., 1939-1963), responsibility, retirement, secrecy, surveillance, truth, twist, murder.

See also William P. "Scot" Walker's

  • "Eternal Bliss," a 13-minute mystery in English, set in an empty classroom or office, 2001, 2m
  • "Screeches from the Zoo," a barestage`15-minute comedy in English, set in a street, late afternoon, 2004, 1m1f

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Page mounted January 30, 2002, and updated January 31, 2002, May 31, December 8, 2003, by the Webmaster.

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