Sanders, DJ (American playwright, teacher, 1973-____), “The Present,”
a 30-minute absurdist comedy-drama in English, set in Raspberry’s apartment, 1997,
2m or 2f or 1m1f;
• © 1997, 1998; • script/rights available from DJ Sanders. Web address with sample at http://djsanders.fictioncity.com, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. • Cited by DJ Sanders via e-mail, December 22, 1998; Sanders says,
§ Dramatis Personae “Raspberry (m or f), a gracious but somewhat shy host; a kind and patient friend to Mango; Mango (m or f), an obnoxious and loquacious friend visiting Raspberry, always with something to say and trouble with the motto ‘practice what you preach.’
§ Synopsis “Mango shows up at Raspberry’s apartment unannounced. The two reminisce about their walks in the park and feeding the ducks day-old bread crusts as they share in the three ‘C’s—cookies, coffee, and conversation—all the while Mango can’t stop staring at the box and bow on the table.
§ Comment “An element of surprise shows that the present can change the future of a friendship. Inspired by Eugene Ionesco’s work, ‘The Present’ is an absurdist piece exploring friendship and the ritual of gift-giving. Originally produced as the first of three one-acts in a production called (In)tangible Objects—Three One-Acts Exploring the Darker Side of Humanity. While the premiere did feature two women portraying the roles, it can be done with any two people regardless of age or gender. The set is simple, just an apartment. This play left most audience members questioning something. Some focused on the elusive present, while others were drawn to the odd relationship between Mango and Raspberry.”
absurd comedy, absurdist, friendship, relationships, simple set.
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