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“Death of a Raisin”

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Morris, Paul N. (aka Paul Nicholas Morris, American playwright, writer, novelist, June 19, 1979-____), “Duo Gladiatores,”

a 6-minute historical drama in Latin, set in the Colisei Romae (The Coliseum of Rome), 59 A.D.,

3m (+2m or 2f extras)

; • © 2005 by Paul Morris; • in Paul N. Morris’ Death of a Raisin (Culver City, California, U.S.A.: The Author, 2005); • script/rights available from Paul N. Morris, 5215 Sepulveda Boulevard #8F, Culver City, California 90230, U.S.A., telephone (home) 310-397-2834, e-mail polylerus@netscape.net. • Cited by Paul N. Morris, via ftp, May 26, 2005; Morris says,

§ Dramatis Personae Artie Seropian (m), 60, former owner and founder of California Seropian Grapes; Nick Seropian (m), 20, Artie’s son; Hixson m), 35, Artie’s former vice-president; Janice Schnell (f), 35, an executive.

§ Synopsis “Selling grapes and raisins is Artie Seropian’s life. He has built California Seropian Grapes from the ground up as its CEO and Head of Marketing. When “Death of a Raisin” begins, we find him and his son Nick, a college student, packing up the remains of his once glorious boardroom. As Artie bemoans the loss of his company and the end of an era, Hixson, his former executive, walks in with Janice Schnell, who will be assuming control of the company. Artie and Hixson have a tense exchange, centered on the name of the company, which will be changing with the takeover. Artie is introduced to Janice, whom he attempts to impress; Janice is visibly unimpressed with both Artie and his son Nick, who introduces himself to her. As Hixson leads Janice away, Artie and Nick fume about Janice’s quiet appraisal of them. They begin to list their accomplishments to one another, a clash whose ridiculousness grows as they continue. Suddenly, Artie stops. He is too old to be acting this way, he realizes. He will die a sad and sudden death if he continues to scramble along a pathway filled with bitterness and resentment. He does not want to compete with anyone, least of all with his son. Artie wants his son to realize that; Nick, however, refuses to understand. Nick will make his own mistakes as he grows older.

§ Comment “Stage requirements are minimal. The most important prop needed is a large painting of a sunset; this will be thrown onto one of the many piles of ‘corporate garbage’ strewn on the floor. By ‘corporate garbage,’ I mean dismantled computers, endless cords, files, boxes, bubble wrap, manuals, memos, and other relics of a company in its last days. • Paul Morris was born in Beverley, England, in 1979, but he grew up in Culver City, California, U.S.A.. He attended UCLA [University of California/Los Angeles, U.S.A.] (History, B.A.) and Brown University [Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.A.] (History, M.A.). He is also the author of the novelette The Unpublished Works of Atzur Capsadecapells.

§ Themes California, corporate world, Napa Valley.

See also Paul N. Morris’

  • "Duo Gladiatores," a 6-minute historical drama in Latin, set in the Colisei Romae (The Coliseum of Rome), 59 A.D., 3m (+2m or 2f extras)
  • "Loose Gravel," a 30-minute futuristic political drama in English, set in the future combined United States and Canada; Teddy's car, which travels from California Station to the State of Canada, the long afternoon of Thursday, October 20, 2050, 2m2f

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