Tarbescu, Edith (American playwright, author, 1952-____), “Connectus Africanus,”
a 60-minute farce in English, set in New York City; Africa, and Rome, 1978,
© 1995; • script/rights available from Edith Tarbescu, Placitas, New Mexico, U.S.A. Cited by playwright via ftp June 20, 1997; Tarbescu says,
§ Dramatis Personae Pope (m), head of the Church of Rome; Angelo (m), envoy of the Pope; _____ (m), _____; _____ (f), _____.
§ Synopsis “When certain fossils are discovered, they are hailed as the missing link between man and ape. Naturally, the Church of Rome is upset about this. The Pope has Angelo try to 'borrow' the fossils. When that does not work, he dispatches Angelo to Africa. In the end, anthropology and religion declare a truce. They sell copies of the fossils in Rome.
§ Comment “An alternate version has five characters. Easy doubling brings the cast size to four. • See Tarbescu’s Website, http://home.earthlink.net/~tarbescu.”
§ Themes Africa, anthropology, ape, Catholicism, Church of Rome, discovery, envoy, fossil, man, merchandizing, missing link, Pope, religion, theft, truce.
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