Lockwood, Justin C. (American waiter, actor, playwright, November 15, 1978-____), “Neurotic Dominus,”
a 50-minute satire in English, in eight scenes set in a livingroom, 1990s,
3m1f (+ 1m, 1f extras);
• © 1999 by Justin C. Lockwood; • script/rights available from Justin C. Lockwood, 58 Wimer Street, Ashland, Oregon, 97520, U.S.A., e-mail email@example.com, telephone (home) 541-552-9144. • Cited by Justin C. Lockwood, via ftp July 23, 1999; Lockwood says,
§ Dramatis Personae David (m), 25, the elder son; Simon (m), 20, the younger son; Dad (m), 55, ________; Mom (f), 55, ________; Grandpa (m), 80; Lisa (f, extra), 25, David's former girlfriend; Rabbi Bernstein/God (m, extra) 60/time.
§ Synopsis “David, the elder son, must move back in with his parents after his longtime girlfriend, Lisa, admits to her having an affair with a man with multiple personalities. David's parents (Mom and Dad) drive him crazy, giving comedic background for David's eventual breakdown. His brother Simon still lives at home. Grandpa also lives in this asylum. Mom believes in the supernatural and speaks with her deceased mother through a bowl of borsch. Simon volunteers at a shelter for mentally-challenged animals. Grandpa is completely gone. Dad is David's last link to sanity, and that link fades fast because David cannot look on the bright side: ‘My life is death in progress.’ God, taking the form of David’s childhood Rabbi, has to put him right.
§ Comment “This play satirizes modern life and the family. Frequent ‘lights down, lights up’ changes, but easy. Easy to stage, one set, no costume changes, few props. No special requirements. I staged this show in March of '99 in Ashland, Oregon. Our review speaks for itself: ‘The cast couldn't be better. . . [W]ildly funny. I beg you to go and meet them. . . . We couldn't help but laugh at them—all through the play I might add. . . [T]here's power in his (Lockwood's) pen. . . . A marvelously spirited performance."—Robert H. Miller of The Ashland Daily Tiding. Two other papers also gave rave reviews. By the middle of our month's run we were selling out!”
§ Themes coming of age, family,
fun, modern life, religion, satire.
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