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“Report to the River”

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Lim, Paul Stephen (American playwright, university professor, 1944-____), “Report to the River,”

a 60-minute drama in English, set in Lawrence, Kansas, U.S.A., 1997,


•  © 1997 by Paul Stephen Lim; in Paul Stephen Lim’s Report to the River (Spiritwood, Saskatchewan, Canada: One Act Play Depot, 1997), ISBN 1894910214, 44 pp.;  •  script/rights available from One Act Play Depot, Box 335, Spiritwood, Saskatchewan S0J 2M0, Canada, telephone (home) 306-883-3130, fax 775-249-8151, e-mail lim@oneactplays.net, http://www.oneactplays.net/.  •  Cited by Fraser MacFarlane, via ftp, October 26, 2002; MacFarlane says,

§  Dramatis Personae Nick (m), 20, college student, very bright, looks younger because he is physically slight; Jake  (m), 27, a transient, could be intimidating because of his size but frequently behaves like a child.

§  Synopsis “Nick, an intelligent and articulate college student who tries to piece together his uncomfortable memories of a gruesome murder which occurred in his hometown nine years ago.  As Nick tries to relate the incidents of the case to his own present situation, he slowly becomes the boy whose body was found mutilated and buried along the sandy banks of the Kansas River.

§  Comment “‘Report to the River’ follows the psychological journey of Nick. Is he transforming himself into an amalgam of all the serial killers about whom he reads on the Internet? • One scene, no special requirements. • Premiered by English Alternative Theatre at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, U.S.A., October 9, 1997.” • Paul Stephen Lim was born of Chinese parents in the Philippines, and emigrated to the United States in 1968 to pursue a career in writing. Since then, he has written twelve plays, and is also the author of ‘Some Arrivals, But Mostly Departures’ (1982), a collection of his prize-winning short fiction. ‘Conpersonas,’ his first play, won the National Student Playwriting Award in the 1976 American College Theatre Festival, and other plays quickly followed. ‘Woeman’ (1978) and ‘Flesh, Flash and Frank Harris’ (1980) were both produced Off-Broadway in New York; ‘Points of Departure’ (1978) and ‘Mother Tongue’ (1988) at East West Players in Los Angeles; ‘Homerica’ in Leicester, England. Two shorter plays have been given staged readings, ‘Figures in Clay’ at the 1990 MLA Convention in Chicago, and ‘Report to the River’ at the 1999 Edward Albee Theatre Conference in Alaska, where it won a top prize. Acting editions of many of these plays are available from Samuel French, and also from Aran Press in Louisville, Kentucky. Lim is a Conger-Gabel Teaching Professor in the English Department at the University of Kansas. He is also the artistic director of English Alternative Theatre (EAT), a group he founded in 1990 to nurture and promote new plays by his students. In January of 1996, Lim was awarded a gold medallion from the Kennedy Center for his work with student playwrights.”—Paul Stephen Lim - One Act Play Depot, http://oneactplays.net/lim.html, accessed October 28, 2002.

§ Themes homelessness, memory, mental illness, serial murder, transmutation.

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