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“Mother of the Year”

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Putt, Barry M., Jr. (English/Italian playwright, 1969-____), “Mother of the Year,”

a 12-minute comedy in English, set (1a) The bedroom of a teenager, Charl Shifaman, in a suburban house, U.S.A., 1999, (1b) Charl’s family room, recent past; (2) a  town sidewalk, recent past; (3) Charl’s bedroom, recent past, (4) Charl’s family room, recent past, (5) entrance to a trendy dance club, recent past, (6) restaurant waiting area, recent past, (7) Charl’s bedroom, 1999, (8) Mom's room, sanitarium, three months later.


 •  © 1999 by Barry M. Putt, Jr.;  •  script/rights available from Barry M. Putt, Jr., P. O. Box 7233, Somerset, New Jersey 08875-7233, U.S.A., e-mail bmputt@aol.com, telephone (home) 732-846-1497, (work) 732-846-1497.  •  Cited by Barry M. Putt, Jr., via ftp May 30, 2000; Putt says,

  §  Dramatis Personae Mom (f) 45, frumpy, disorderly appearance; Charl Shifaman (m) 18, attractive; Radio Reporter/First Hospital Worker/Club Worker/First Waiter (m); Second Hospital Worker/Earl (Mom’s balding, serious brother)/Second Waiter (m).

  §  Synopsis “A teenager attempts to get his bombastic mom elected Mother of the Year.

  §  Comment “This play uses an ensemble cast. Minimal props are needed. It is easily adaptable to any theater setting.  •  Premiered March 2000, at the Theatre-Studio, Inc., New York, New York. Other productions include a May, 2000 performance at FirstStage/Hollywood in their Playwrights Express festival, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.”

  §  Themes contest, disfunctional family, election, Mother of the Year.

See also Barry M. Putt, Jr.’s
  • "Gutter Rat," a 31-minute drama in English, set in the bottom of a sewer, daytime, 2001, 2m
  • "Interpretations," a 30-minute drama in English, set (1) in the cafeteria of the Jubilee Advertising Agency, U.S.A., lunch time, 1997; (2) Tammy's cubical, the next day; (3) cafeteria, lunch time, one week later; (4) Lee's office, late that day; (5) cafeteria, lunch time, two days later, 1m3f
  • "The Porch," a 10-minute drama in English in three scenes, set on Hank's front porch, Beaverdam, Virginia, U.S.A., 2004, 2m1f
  • "The Reign of Leaves," a 30-minute mystery, set in the living room of an Iowa farm house, U.S.A., on a winter evening, 1997, 2m2f


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