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Handley, Jody (American playwright, writer, communications specialist, 1975-____), “Lucky Penny,”

a 10-minute contemporary comedy in English, set in an apartment, 2002,


; © 2002 by Jody Handley; • in Jody Handley’s Lucky Penny (San Francisco, California, U.S.A.: The Author, 2002); • script/rights available from Jody Handley, 825 Bush Street #508, San Francisco, California 94108, U.S.A., telephone (home) 415-440-7708, (work) 415-786-8597, e-mail jody@playwrightscentersf.org. • Cited by Jody Handley, via ftp February 5, 2004; Handley says,

§ Dramatis Personae Stan (m), 32, handsome; Abraham Lincoln (m), 45, 16th President; Andrew Jackson (m), 45, brash Southerner, 7th President; Emma (f), 30, daughter.

§ Synopsis “Sweet, shy Emma has given up on wishing on pennies and blowing out birthday candles. But when her mom sends her a $20 bill—and she picks up a penny—Andrew Jackson and Abraham Lincoln have some words of advice regarding life, love, and lucky pennies.

§ Comment “Two scenes, one outside apartment, one inside. Simple apartment set. Props include twenty-dollar bill, penny, answering machine, bag of groceries. • Staged reading ar Three Wise Monkeys’ Short Leaps afestival, 2002. • “Jody Handley's most recently staged work was ‘Subjects,’ produced by the Unidentified Theatre Company as part of the 2003 Bay Area One Acts Festival. Unidentified also produced ‘To Engage in Mutual Touching or Caressing of the Lips’ in March, 2002. In the Playwrights’ Center of San Francisco’s 2001 DramaRama, ‘To Engage . . .’ beat out finalist ‘Subjects’ to win the short play competition. Other credits include ‘Land's End’ in the Playwrights' Center's Sheherezade 2004, ‘All's Fair’ in Three Wise Monkeys' Overnighters Play-in-a-Day marathon, ‘A Midsummer Night’s Real World for Daytrippers’ Play-In-A-Day Marathon and ‘Lucky Penny’ in Three Wise Monkeys’ Short Leaps.”

§ Themes history, hope, Jackson (Andrew Jackson, the seventh President of the United States 1829-1837, b.1767-d.1845), love, luck, money, mother-daughter relationship, optimism, Lincoln (Abraham Lincoln, sixteenth President of the United States, 1861-1865, b. February 12. 1809-d. April 14, 1865), Presidency, wishing, second chance.

See also Jody Handley’s

  • "Bless Me, Father," a 10-minute contemporary comedy in English, set in a Catholic confessional, 2002, 1m1f
  • "Curls," a 50-minute drama in English, set at a child's beauty pageant at elementary school in Midwest, U.S.A., 8:00 p.m., winter, 2003, 3f
  • "Land's End," a 10-minute contemporary comedy in English, set at Land's End, San Francisco, U.S.A., 2003, 1m1f
  • "Subjects," a 40-minute contemporary drama in English, set in an apartment in San Francisco, 2001, 1m1f
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  • To Engage in Mutual Touching or Caressing of the Lips," a 25-minute contemporary comedy in English, set in an apartment, 2000, 1m1f
  • "The Waiting Room," a 27-minute bare-stage religious drama in English, set in Hell, immediately following Jesus' crucifixion, 2m

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