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“Life of the Party”

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Zovich, Lino Anthony (Croatian-American playwright, 1968-____), “Life of the Party,”

a 60-minute drama in English, set in a bar, 9:00 p.m., Friday night, 2001,


  •  © 2001 by Lino Anthony Zovich;  •  script/rights available from Lino A. Zovich, 14-26 137 Street, College Point, New York 11356, U.S.A., e-mail lino@nyhunting.com, telephone (home) 516-330-2935.  •  Cited by Lino A. Zovich via ftp November 11, 2001; Zovich says,

  §  Dramatis Personae Louis (m), 28, considering proposing to girlfriend; Pauly (m), 29, married male (AKA “Milkman”); Randy (m), 29, party animal; Jennifer (f), 22, girlfriend of Bobby.

  §  Synopsis “Three friends are meeting at a bar. They usually get together every other weekend or so. Louis is considering marrying his girlfriend. Pauly, who is married,  usually tells his wife he’s going out to buy milk and shows up with a quart of milk. Randy is the last remaining wildman of the group and borderline alcoholic. Usual conversation is the retelling of glory days, as well as the disappearance of Bobby (the fourth member of the group). Bobby was the wildman life of the party until he met Jennifer and just stop hanging out. Louis mentions Bobby called him to say he’s coming down tonight. Pauly’s happy—he misses Bobby. Randy, on the other hand, is pissed off. Bobby was closest to Randy, and Randy feels abandoned by Bobby. He feels Bobby and he had a pact to ‘self-destruct together. You know, get hammered, get laid, and get hammered again. What more is there?!’ Jennifer walks into the bar, and immediately Randy rails against her. He says he hates her for breaking up the group by stealing Bobby and he hates Bobby for letting her do that. Pauly joins in to tell Jennifer how much he hates her. Louis sees how shaken Jennifer is and advises his friends to knock it off. Pretty soon, the three friends are arguing but good. Jennifer, in shock, explains that Bobby is the greatest thing to ever happen to her. It was Bobby’s choice to spend every minute with her. It seems Bobby was tired of the deadend partying and drinking. The only way to straighten out was to go cold turkey. Bobby sobered up, got a good job, and proposed to Jennifer. Bobby thought he was ready to see his friends; he wanted to show them how clean and sober and happy he was. On the way to the bar, he was killed by a drunk driver.

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  §  Themes abandonment, alcoholism, bar, camaraderie, death, driving under the influence, friendship, loss, male bonding, marriage, partying, ritual, exuberance, reminiscence, separation.

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