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Steinour, Marcus (American playwright, October 17, 1930-____), “Crocodile,”

a 40-minute parable in English, set in a damp and dark prison, day after day,

3m1f (+ 2 extras);

  •  © 1997 by Marcus Steinour;  •  script/rights available from Marcus Steinour, 10535 Lincoln Way West, St. Thomas, Pennsylvania 17252, U.S.A., telephone (home) 717-369-2827, e-mail steinour@innernet.net. Agent: Frank Pesci, 8311 Freemont Place, New Carrollton, Maryland 20784, U.S.A., telephone 301-577-6939.  •  Cited by Marcus Steinour, via ftp April 8, 1999; Steinour says,

  §  Dramatis Personae Mel (m), demonstrator; Camply (m), brother to Ruth; Hepp (m), rapist, killer of Melanie; Leah/Ruth/Melanie (f), lover/sister/victim.

  §  Synopsis “In this mythical time and place, Mel is arrested for demonstrating against abortion. After trying to escape, he is thrown in jail. His two cellmates constantly berate and brainwash him, blaming him for turning into a crocodile. Mel is visited by Leah; Camply is haunted by his sister Ruth; Hepp is haunted by Melanie, the woman he raped and killed. At the climax, driven to distraction by the taunting of Hepp, Mel loses control and chokes him. He realizes he is now on their level and sinks to the floor in an agony of defeat. When the guards come in, they find that all three men have turned into crocodiles.

  §  Comment “‘Crocodile’ is a parable of evil overcoming good. Forced into the wrong environment, the good man, represented by Mel, gradually sinks to the level of the others. The crocodile itself symbolizes the depths to which he succumbs.  •  One actress plays all three women.  •  Shanan Estreicher wrote special music for the New York production.”

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  §  Themes abortion, arrest, blame, brainwashing, brother-sister relationship, cellmate, crocodile, defeat, demonstration, escape, family, guard, haunting, jail, murder, myth, rape, taunt, transmogrification, visit.

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