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“Light Falling On A Distant Shore”

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Lanci, Gabriel (American playwright, February 18, 1940, 19__-____), “Light Falling On A Distant Shore

a 30-minute suspense drama in English, set in conference room in city skyscraper, 3:00 p.m., business day, 1996-98,


© 1996 by Gabriel Lanci, script/rights available from Gabriel Lanci, 32 Baltimore Street, Lynn, Massachusetts 01902, U.S.A., telephone (home) 781-593-1085, (work) 781-593-1085, e-mail GabeLanci@aol.com. Cited Lanci Gabriel via ftp, May 31, 1998; Lanci says,
Dramatis Personae  Roger (m), assistant district attorney; Tony (m), assistant district attorney; Desmond (m), a celebrated openly gay poet; Jennifer (f), Desmond’s attorney.

Synopsis “An ambitious assistant district attorney has taken on a questionable child molestation case involving a celebrated openly gay poet. The poet’s attorney claims to have a video showing Tony, the assissant D.A., in a sex orgy with three young men. She will ask for a mistrial. Tony does not deny the evidence. His career is in jeopardy. Alone after hours, he looks up to see the poet locking the doors to the room. He presents Tony with a revolver and instructs him to shoot himself in the head while he waits. The poet gradually uncovers the young D.A.’s fears and twisted logic that has led him to this moment. Tony confesses that he has been HIV positive and now has full-blown AIDS. Depressed and desperate, Tony reaches for the gun, puts it to his head and pulls the trigger. Nothing happens. He tries again. Hysterical, he looks up to find the door to the room open and the poet gone. On the table is the tape. Tony goes to the phone and calls his wife, tells her he has to talk with her when he gets home. She suspects another women. He says, ‘I only love you,’ and hangs up.”

Comment See also Gabriel Lanci’s

  • “The Darkling Plain a 10-minute drama, in English, set in a rocky cliff near a mountain top in central Italy, a dark night in 771 A.D., 2m,
  • “Holding Breath a 10-minute drama in English, set in a hospital room, a summer afternoon, 1996, 1m2f
  • “The Passion Play,” a 30-minute drama, in English, set in bar in an elegant restaurant, early evening, 1985 or any time since, 3m
  • “Undine,” a 30-minute drama-fantasy in English, set beside a pool in a forest glade, dawn now and night long ago, 2m2f
  • “Waiting for the Lion,” a 15-minute drama, in English, set in a a cave in the Jordanian desert, high noon in 430 AD, 1m1f
  • “Water Songs,” a 10-minute drama, in English, set upstairs room in a large house by the sea, late afternoon, 1987 or any time after, 1f
  • Themes AIDS, ambition, assisted suicide, career, child molestation, confession, depression, desperation, evidence, fame, fidelity, gay, HIV positive, hysteria, jeopardy, legal profession, logic, mistrial, openness, orgy, poet, poetry, revolver, sex, suicide, tape, video.

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