Schempp, James I. (American playwright, 1943- ), "Bathers,"
a drama about performance-enhancing drug use,
(can pair with James I. Schempp's "Do-Si-Do," a drama, 2m2f; "The Last Play," a drama, 2m; or "Wheelchair Blues," a drama, 1m1f) script/rights available from Dramatic Publishing Company, P. O. Box 129, 311 Washington Street, Woodstock, Illinois 60098, 800-HIT-SHOW, fax 800-334-5302, DPC B74 Cited by James I. Schempp via e-mail JamesAye@aol.com July 23, 1995; Schempp adds,
Synopsis "A trio of young women wait the final call before the qualifying heat for the Olympic swim team. All are under extreme pressure, and one of them has found an undetectable performance enhancing drug. When she is caught by the other two, she doesn't try to cover up what she has been doing; she attempts to convince them to join her. All three girls decide to use the drug rather than maintain their integrity. 'Maybe somebody will give you a medal for your integrity, but don't count on it. They only give medals for winning.'
Comment "'Bathers' explores the values our
society places on athletic competitions and the need to win at
all costs. If everyone cheats and no one gets caught, who loses?
The ending does not take the easy way out. This is more than a
' just-say-no' play. It deals with the ambiguities of decision
making. It is a play that helps to define the questions without
forcing an answer."
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