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“Mark Clark’s Heart”

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Kohls, D. K. (American playwright, writer, 1954-____), “Mark Clark’s Heart,”

a 20-minute comedy-drama in English, set anywhere, now,


  •  © 2001 by D. K. Kohls;  •  in D. K. Kohls’ Mark Clark’s Heart (Fort Attkinson, Wisconsin, U.S.A.: Author, 2002);  •  script/rights available from D. K. Kohls, 607 South High Street, Fort Attkinson, Wisconsin 53538, U.S.A., e-mail dkkohls@hotmail.com,  telephone (home) 920-563-9273.  •  Cited by D. K. Kohls via ftp May 23, 2002; Kohls says,

  §  Dramatis Personae Norma (f), 45, Mark’s wife; Hope (f), 35,  Mark’s long time girlfriend/secretary; Fanny (f), 25, Mark’s new young woman.

  §  Synopsis “Three women are reading aloud letters they have written to the same man. The man’s name, (of course) is Mark Clark. ‘Mark has been cheating on his wife, and his long time girlfriend/secretary, Hope, with a new young woman, Fanny. All three women decide that, even though they love Mark, they no longer want to be part of his life. Each woman shares her very personal reasons for telling Mark good-bye. Norma asks for a friendly divorce. Hope quits her job and never wants to see him again.  Young Fanny tells him she is looking for something better—a real and lifelong relationship with someone else. They each know they have made a mistake in loving this man and have strength enough to leave him, as Mark has confused love with sex.

  §  Comment “You will find this to be one of the easiest shows ever to produce, as it requires no set, other than perhaps some optional chairs or stools. It is basically three overlapping monologues. The actresses do not have to memorize their lines, they read their ‘letters,’ which are actually copies of the script. Costumes are everyday clothing, and the only props are a copy of the script for each actress and three large letter-size envelopes.  ‘Mark Clark’s Heart’ premiered in May, 2002, at the Miramar Theater in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, by the Village Playhouse of Wauwatosa as part of their 17th Annual Wisconsin Playwrights Original One-Act Festival. Not only did the audiences appreciate its wit and irony, but the actresses loved playing the women they portrayed. This play discusses the problems of infidelity, and the hurt it causes; and although it contains no bad language, it is for adult audiences. If you are looking for a one-act the will open discussions about love and relationships, a show that is extremely easy and enjoyable to present, please do consider this one. Viewers found it fresh, honest, funny, and personally touching.”

  §  Themes cheating men, commitment problems, divorce, infidelity, marriage, women’s choices.

See also D. K. Kohls'

  • "Registered Alien," a 12-minute comedy-drama in English, set in a suggestion of a modern, cluttered office, 1999, 3m or 3f (variable casting)
  • Rehearsing 'Afternoon Lust' in Grace Dent's Basement," a 15-minute comedy in English, set in an older lady's basement in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 2003, 2m2f
  • "This Is Heaven," a 15-minute bare-stage comedy-drama in English, set in a place without time, 1m2f (+ 1 m or f extra)

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