Casner, Howard W. (American playwright, 1954-____), “The Moment I Wake Up,”
a 10-minute drama in English, set in a park at a bench, daytime, 2001,
• © 2001 by Howard W. Casner; • script/American rights available from playwright Howard W. Casner, 619 West Stratford, 304, Chicago, Illinois 60657, U.S.A., e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, telephone (home) 773-871-7860; or script/international rights from agent at email@example.com. • Cited by Howard W. Casner, via e-mail April 2, 2001; Casner says,
§ Dramatis Personae Man One (m), 39, a recovering patient; Man Two (m), 41, an altruist.
§ Synopsis “Man Two sits on a park bench reading. Man One, sitting next to him, asks what he’s reading and Man Two tells him. When Man One informs Man Two he can no longer read, Man Two asks why and Man One tells him it’s because his brain is shrinking. Man Two doesn’t know what to say but compassionately continues to talk to him, asking him about his problem. Man One says it all started after a lot of bad things happened and that a lot of doctors have tried to help him. He was even put in a hospital a couple of times, but since he’s not harmful to anyone they had to let him go. No one knows the cause, but Man One believes it’s because God is angry at him for some reason that God isn’t telling him about, especially since he’s been praying and praying to be healed, but God hasn’t done anything. He asks Man Two for a favor, to say a prayer for him sometime because he believes that if God isn’t listening to his prayers, perhaps if he can get a lot of other people to pray for him, God will then listen. Man Two isn’t sure what to do, but when Man One starts to leave, Man Two takes him by the hand and says a silent prayer over him, telling Man One to go in peace. Man One exits.
§ Comment “Simple set, a part bench.”
§ Themes God, mental illness, park bench, prayer, religion, spirituality.
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