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Micci, Ronald (American playwright, advertising proofreader, editor, 1948-____), “Good Tidings of Christmas Cheer,”

a 10-minute black comedy in English, set in London, Christmas Eve, in the time of Charles Dickens,

3m1f

; •  © 2001 by Ronald Micci;  •  script/rights available from Ronald Micci, 75 Vreeland Avenue, Rutherford, New Jersey 07070, U.S.A., telephone (home) 201-438-3267, (work) 212-297-7290, e-mail RVMicci@comcast.net.  •  Cited by Ronald Micci, via ftp November 10, 2001; Micci says,

  §  Dramatis Personae Ebenezer Scrooge/Street Thief (m), retirement age but won’t retire, with apologies to Charles Dickens; Tiny Tim (m), 5 or 6 or 7 or 8, a cripple, terminally cute; Mrs. Cratchit (f), well along in her reproductive years, yes, Bob Crachit's wife; Victim of thief (f), an innocent citizen.

  §  Synopsis “Yes, it’s Christmas Eve, and Mrs. Cratchit sings happily of holiday cheer on a London backstreet, even as a thief holds up an innocent citizen and then turns his attentions on her. Back at home, a goose is roasting on the hearth and Mrs. Cratchit continues to sing to us of the joy of the holidays, even as mean old Mr. Scrooge shows up at the door, holds them up at gunpoint, takes all their money and makes off with Tiny Tim’s crutch. But withal, Mrs. Crachit and the boy put on a happy face and sing themselves off.

  §  Comment “Single set doubles as London street and the Cratchit hearth. Here’s a cynical take on Dickens, but I guarantee you it gets a laugh.”

  §  Themes betrayal, celebration, Christmas, crime, dance, deformity, Dickens, good tiding, happiness, hearth, holiday warmth, home.
  See also Ron Micci’s:

  • Addie and Me,” a melodrama, set in the bedroom of Melanie, a teenage girl, night, 2000, 1f
  • Attack of the Radar People,” a 15-minute radio farce, set in an old-time radio broadcast studio, 1950s, 2m1f (or 3m1f)
  • Biff Bang, American Hero,” a 10-minute comedy spoof of radio cliffhangers in English, set in the cockpit of Biff’s fighter bomber, 1998, 2m1f
  • Dark Snow,” a 10-minute melodramatic monologue in English set in the parlor of Aunt Lida’s home in the New York woods, 1997, 1f [see items below for 2f versions]
  • Dark Snow,” a 5-minute melodrama in English set in the parlor of Aunt Lida’s home in the New York woods, 1997, 2f [see above for 1f version]
  • Dark Snow, Evening,” a 10-minute melodrama in English set in the parlor of Aunt Lida’s home in the New York woods, 1997, 2f [see above for 1f version]
  • Dark Snow, Morning,” a 10-minute melodrama in English set in the parlor of Aunt Lida’s home in the New York woods, 1997, 2f [see above for 1f version]
  • Dark Snow,” definitive version, a 20-minute melodrama in English set in the parlor of Aunt Lida’s home in the New York woods, 1997, 2f [see above for 1f version]
  • Dink Fast, Harry!” a 10-minute detective comedy-melodrama in English, set in Harry Dinker’s dumpy office, daytime, 1998, 2m1f
  • Director's Cut,” a 7-minute film noir, set on a Hollywood set, 1940s, 2m
  • The Grackle,” a 10-minute radio melodrama-farce in English, set in a radio broadcast studio, 1930s, 2m1f (but could be played with any combo of m/f)
  • Happy Endings,” a 15-minute comedy-fantasy in English, set in the living-room of Cornweevil homestead in Midwest, 1996, 2m1f
  • Harry Dinker, Private Eye,”a 10-minute detective parody in English, set in Harry Dinker’s office in the “downtown section of a grimy city nobody has any use for,” afternoon, 1998,1m1f or 2m
  • Heat Lightning,” a 15-minute comedy-melodrama in English, set in the  downstairs parlor of a broken-down Southern mansion, on a stormy night, May, 2001, 1m1f
  • Herman,” a 10 minute comedy in English, 1m3f
  • High Concept Harry,” a 20-minute dark comedy in English, set in Harry Fleck’s literary/talent office in Hollywood, afternoon, 2000, 2m
  • I, Dadius,” a 15-minute comedy-drama in English, set in the living room of a cozy suburban home, winter, 2000, 1m
  • I Sing to You of Robin Hood,” a 15-minute comedy in English, set in a tavern in Nottingham, 12th century, 3m1f
  • Kid Valium,” a 15-minute comedy in English, set in a big city gymnasium, the day of the big title fight, 2000, 3m1f

  • Love’s Cousin in the Carolinas,” a 13-minute romantic comedy in English, set at a park bench in the suburbanNortheast, U.S.A., a Saturday afternoon in late summer, 1998, 1m1f
  • Moonlight’s Little Madness,” a 40-minute drawing room farce in English set in the parlor of the Prescott country estate, England, a spring evening during the Victorian Era, 2m
  • Mr. Gilkey’s Flagpole,” a 15-minute comedy in English, set on the lawn of Mr. Gilkey's home in England, afternoon, 1998, 1m2f
  • November,” a 15-minute tragedy in English in two scenes, set (1) in the downstairs of a house on a lake in the Northeastern United States and (2) on the lake, a November afternoon, 2000, 1m1f
  • Parasites of Ol’ Broadway,” a 15-minute comedy/melodrama in English, set in an alleyway on Lower Broadway, October, 1997, 2m1f
  • A Public Service Announcement,” a bare-stage 5-minute contemporary surrealist farce in English, set in an abstract area, daytime, 2001, 1m1f
  • Rough Cut,”a 10-minute comedy/melodrama in English, set in a men's haircutting salon (barber shop) in Beverly Hills, October, 1997, 3m
  • Tea Cozy,”a 12-minute melodrama, in English, set in The living room of a suburban home, midday, 1998, 2f
  • Thank You, Charlie Chan,” a 10-minute crime melodrama. set in a hotel room in midtown Manhattan, night, 1930s, 3m
  • Thebes Like Us,” a 10-minute spy parody in English set in a cafe on the Nile, 1996, 2m1f
  • Thin Laughter in Heaven,” a 10-minute bare-stage melodrama in English, set on a cliff overlooking a lake, May, 2001, 1m
  • Tragic & Trapped in Teaneck,” a 13-minute comic melodrama in English, set in the parlor of a home in Teaneck,New Jersey, U.S.A., afternoon, turn of the last century, 2m1f
  • Wild About Harry!” a 15-minute detective farce in English, set in a sleazy gin joint; later, Harry’s apartment, night, 2001, 2m1f


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