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Robson, David (American playwright, writer, 1966-____), “Death of America,”

a 15-20 minute comedy in English, set in a restaurant,


© 1995, script/rights available from David Robson, 500 Woodland Drive, Wilmington, Delaware 19809, U.S.A., telephone (home) 302-764-4444. Cited by David Robson via ftp, March 10, 1998; Robson says,

Dramatis Personae Rick (m), playwright; Sancho (m), Rick’s friend; Waitress (f); Restaurant Manager (m).

Synopsis “Rick and Sancho are sitting together talking. Rick, clearly cynical, complains about everything from food to the state of the country. This bores Sancho, who becomes incensed when Rick insults the waitress. Rick calms his friend, apologizes and mentions his relationship problems. Somewhat calmed, Sancho sits and listens. Rick is disheartened by his own life and what he sees as the dumbing of America. Sancho tells his friend he needs a hobby, and Rick, to Sancho’s surprise, says he already has one. Rick is writing a play called ‘Death of America.’ He says it’s a really dull play, intentionally so because Rick wants to weed out his audience. He explains that eventually, when everyone’s about to fall asleep, his play’s hero arrives. The hero, Abraham S. Washington, has stolen all the American flags, for which he has a great contempt. Rick stages some of the play, even getting the waitress—who’s completely fed up—into it. Soon enough he has Sancho involved. Rick feeds Sancho lines, for Sancho is to play Washington’s arch-rival, Nemo Farmer, a conservative. Sancho starts getting into it when the restaurant manager arrives and tells the two to get off the table, now. They try to ignore the manager, but to no avail. Rick, meanwhile, so enjoys his part that he gets carried away, and he and Rick argue over the direction the play’s beginning to take. Just then, the waitress returns, begins siding with the boys, and gets into a donnybrook with the manager. Rick and Sancho tumble to the floor, Rick gets injured and calls for a doctor, and the waitress gets the better of the manager.”

Comment See also “The Suitors of Susan B. Anthony,” a 10-minute comedy in English, 2m1f.

Themes absurd, American way, challenging authority, complaint, conservativism, cuisine, cynicism, donnybrook, dumbing of America, flag, friendship, injury, insult, melodrama, overacting, patriotism, playwriting, plot, politics, theft, waitering, rebellion, restaurant business.



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