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Pitchforth, Josiah Miles (American playwright, September 28, 1982-____), “The Employee,” a 20-minute psychological thriller in English, set at a blue-collar insurance company, Vermont, U.S.A., 2002,


  •  © 2001 by Josiah Miles Pitchforth;  •  script/rights available from Josiah Pitchforth, 9863 SW 35th Avenue, Apartment #63, Portland, Oregon 97219, U.S.A., e-mail cinematic18@yahoo.com, telephone (home) 503-246-3028, fax 207-967-5985.  •  Cited by Josiah Miles Pitchforth via ftp January 22, 2002; Pitchforth says,

  §  Dramatis Personae Bruce (m), aging, bald, a little fat, cigar smoker; Harry (m), 32, a bookwarm, rather dull.

  §  Synopsis “Harry, the employee, really a door mat, asks for a raise. Door mats don’t ask for raises. Harry, with glasses, beard and a thinning head of hair, is a bookwarm and a rather weak and insignificant, dull character with one secret redeeming quality—his potential to surprise. Bruce, the employer, a bully, an aging somewhat fat, bald cigar smoker, who isn't nearly so happy as his married employee and who takes great pleasure in messing with Harry’s mind, wants to know why Harry wants the raise. Loveable as Bruce may be to some, he has a dark side, a dark side that only someone as weak and insignificant as Harry could witness. Bruce proposes that Harry look into professional killing as a means to gain the money of which his wife dreams: Harry should kill Bruce’s wife if he really needs money. Bruce likes confusing his employee, whose moral struggle up to this point has brought him to the verge of a nervous breakdown. How much does Harry need this money? ‘Sure I’ll give you a raise.’ The lights fade.

  §  Comment “The conflict posing employer against employee reveals how one person can exert abusive control over another. Bruce abuses Harry for mere entertainment, which makes this play less of a thriller, which it is until the very end, and more of a comedy upon the revelation that Bruce was just fucking with Harry’s mind.”

  §  Themes bullying, domination, employer-employee relationship, mind game, money, morality, murder.

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