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Paradis, Philip M. (American playwright, writer, 1951-____), “A Bag of Groceries,”

a 60-minute comedy-drama in English, set in an inner city park, in a large American city, one Saturday afternoon,

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; • © 2002 by Philip M. Paradis; • in Philip M. Paradis’ A Bag of Groceries (Highland Heights, Kentucky, U.S.A.: The Author, 2002); • script/rights available from Philip M. Paradis, 146 Ridge Hill, Highland Heights, Kentucky 41076, U.S.A., e-mail phil.paradis@fuse.net or blueline@fuse.net, telephone (home) 859-781-1110, 859-653-6344, (work) 513-241-5154, fax 859-781-4989. • Cited by Philip M. Paradis via ftp April 4, 2004; Paradis says,

§ Dramatis Personae La Roy (m), African-American, unemployed; Tyrone (m), African-American, La Roy’s gay cousin; Chris (m), white, out of his element; Layona (f), 25, African-American, flashy, provocatively attired

§ Synopsis “La Roy and Tyrone, two African American men, hang together in the same inner city park week after week. La Roy is out of work and waiting for a friend, and Tyrone is his cousin, who is gay. Up walks Chris, a white guy, who wanders into the wrong neighborhood as if he is lost. Chris is carrying a bag of groceries that he says he wants to give away, and he keeps talking about his dead mother. La Roy and Tyrone don’t see many white guys walk into their park. When they get to talking, sparks fly and it’s like group therapy on the street: everybody seems to have some baggage they’re carrying. As Tyrone attempts to be interpreter and peacemaker, La Roy and Chris have a tug-of-war for the groceries.

§ Comment “Minimalist set: a park bench. No changes. • Developmental workshop, fall 2003, KNOW Theatre Tribe, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.A.. • Received two public staged readings: Cincinnati Playwrights Initiative New Voices Series, Aronoff Center for the Arts, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.A., November, 2001; Cincinnati Black Theatre Company's 4th Biennial Midwest Regional Black Theatre Festival—TOPOLA—A Festival of Sharing So That All Are Included, Readers Theatre Series, Cincinnati Museum Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.A., April, 2004.

§ Themes African-American, communication breakdown, culture clash, death, food, mother-son relationship, multicultural, race relations, urban life.



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