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“Patience and Mr. Potter”

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Lichtig, Robin Rice (American playwright, 19__-____), “Patience and Mr. Potter,” a 12-minute comedy in English, set in an overgrown lot, New York City, February, summer, 1910,


  ©  2001 by Robin Rice Lichtig;  •  in Robin Rice Lichtig’s Patience and Mr. Potter (New York: Author, 2001),  •  script/rights available from Robin Rice Lichtig, 780 West End Ave., #6F, New York, New York 10025, U.S.A., e-mail dramamama@nyc.rr.com, www.dramamama.net, telephone (home) 212-864-0201, fax 212-864-0201.  •  Cited by Robin Rice Lichtig via ftp March 22, 2002; Lichtig says,

  §  Dramatis Personae Edward Clark Potter (m), middle aged, sculptor.; Patience (m), spirit of the sculpture within a block of Tennessee marble (a lion).

  §  Synopsis “Edward Clark Potter’s career has been failing. It will be saved if he can win a competition for a sculpture to grace the entry of the New York Public Library. Unwisely setting aside his artistic instincts, he plans a grandiose creation. From within the stone, Patience (a lion) begs to be released—and not as ‘a stupid cupid reading a book.’ Potter’s emotions rise to the surface. He erupts in a fury, destroying a little turtle who is his ‘buddy.’ Patience gently leads Mr. Potter to accept his feelings—and the real sculpture begins to emerge.

  §  Comment “One scene. No set necessary. Special challenge: how to depict a cliff on a mountain (a slide?) and then how to show Patience, the spirit of a lion inside a large piece of marble cut from the cliff. Many simple (as well as elaborate), creative ways to realize. For example: Patience doesn't physically have to be inside the stone as long as audience understands what is going on.”

  §  Themes 1910, animal, art, creativity, Potter (Edward Clark Potter), New York Public Library, sculpture.

See also Robin Rice Lichtig’s

  • David's Disappearance,” a 15-minute comedy-drama in English, set on a screen porch, Hoboken, New Jersey, U.S.A., October, 2001, 2m
  • Embracing the Undertoad," a 35-minute comedy-drama in English, set in a small apartment in North Carolina, evening, 2002, 3f
  • "Evening Primrose in Ohio," a 30-minute comedy-drama in English, set in a laudromat, late afternoon, 1991, 1m1f
  • The Fortification of Miss Grace Wren," a 42-minute drama in English, set in a small park in New York City, late September, 2001, 1m1f
  • Grannie Bird," a 35-minute comedy-drama in English, set in Williamstown, Massachusetts, May, 1986, 1m2f
  • “Lola and the Planet of Glorious Diversity,” a 10-minute comedy, 2m4f+1m or 1f, available elsewhere
  • “Longing for Tangier," a 45-minute comedy in English, set ___, 2m2f+3m or 3f, minimum cast of 5 with doubling, available elsewhere
  • Queen for a Day," a 45-minute comedy-drama in English, set in a kitchen, February, 1953, 2m1f
  • Roses to Plan," a 12-minute comedy in English, set in a kitchen in Brooklyn, NY, morning, 2000, 1m1f
  • “Saint Anthony and the Appendix," a 35-minute comedy in English, 3m2f, available elsewhere
  • Sitting Duck Season," a 17-minute drama in English, set in a cabin in a Vermont forest, autumn, 2001, 1m1f
  • Squeezing Papayas," a 5-minute comedy in English, set on a terrace on hill outside of Mexico City, early summer morning, 2002, 1m1f
  • “White Light,” a surreal drama in English, 2m3f+2m or 2f, available elsewhere
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