"The Night Ferris Bueller Died"

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Settani, Dan (American actor, playwright, April 23, 1970- ), "The Night Ferris Bueller Died,"

a 35-minute drama in English set in a New York City subway train car, 2:00 a.m., 1995,

2m (+ 2-4 extras),

© 1995, Settani, who self-identifies as Italian American, via ftp of citation form to present author, November 19, 1996, says, "I don't have e-mail or an address, but I can be contacted at (work) 213-627-4999 or (home) 213-637-0177 or through my agent (Kurt at Siren's Management) 310-246-1969.

Synopsis "Randy Mitchell has just entered the subway train car in NYC on his way home. In the car with him is Luke Porter, who happens to be whistling the tune to the Andy Griffith Show. Annoyed and not trying to pay much attention, Randy reads his backstage magazine. Luke is nonchalantly working his way towards Randy; and when he's too close to avoid, Randy confronts the stranger as to his business. Randy learns that Luke thinks he's the famous Matthew Broderick. When Randy tries to explain that he's flattered but really not the actor, Luke takes it as a sign of fan avoidance and becomes hurt and angry. Sensing that Luke may not be all there, Randy unfortunately decides to play along with Luke. Luke, however, knows more about Broderick's life than would be expected and starts interrogating Randy about his life's work (that is, Broderick's life work). Things extremely intensify when Luke brings up the car accident Broderick suffered in Ireland years ago with Jennifer Grey, his point being that celebrities can do no wrong and guys like him would be in jail for half the things celebrities get away with. The rage grows out of control-Luke stabs to death a beggar who interrupts his conversation with Randy and stabs Randy when he tries to escape. Luke talks down to Randy about how it's not so great to be Matthew Broderick now. Luke eventually kills Randy.

Comment "The play's mistaken identity ends tragically for both Randy and a society so glamorized by Hollywood."

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