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“Objects in Mirror”

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Parks, Tom (aka Tom I. Parks, American playwright, educator, 1938-____), “Objects in Mirror,”

a 45-minute comedy in English, set in the theatre, 2004,

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; • © 2004 by Tom Parks; • in Tom Parks’s Objects in Mirror (Midland, Texas, U.S.A.: The Author, 2004); • script/rights available from Tom Parks, 3508 Trinity Meadows Drive, Midland, Texas 79707, U.S.A., e-mail tparks9@cox.net, telephone (home) 432-697-6530. • Cited by Tom Parks via ftp January 12, 2004; Parks says,

§ Dramatis Personae Michael (m), young playwright, very expressive, good reader; Hero/Inspector/Fire Marshall (m), actor playing handsome young man/veddy British, typical constable/loud, authoritative; Villain/Director/Man Behind Curtain/Boss (m), actor playing dastardly evil-doer/loud, brash drama director/veddy British/bombastic, despicable bureaucrat; Heroine/Wife #1/Wife #2/Carrie (f), actress playing beautiful young girl/gorgeous, slinky, sexy, breathy/loud, dumpy, boistrous, ugly/actress playing old lady.

§ Synopsis “Michael is a young playwright trying to be creative, different, and innovative in writing a play that will please the audience and make him successful. But he goes through numerous frustrations that can bedevil both the playwright and the stage for which he is writing. Characters pop up at his command and say a few words or disappear without saying anything, while others take over the stage without being invited. Occasionally, he loses control and rants at the characters or even at the audience because it’s tough to write a play and he is beset by actors and directors with a mind of their own, in particular a three-person acting troup that continues to perform ‘every three-act play ever written.’ Along the way, Michael reveals much about himself and about the theatre itself—some not so flattering and some downright laughable.

§ Comment “This is essentially a one-person show. The only set is a podium, the only requirement three or four young actors who enjoy playing several roles that are easily defined and fun to play. Except for Michael, who reads his script from a podium, the various other characters have very brief lines or none at all, and three or four supporting players can cope with fun—or a lot, depending on the director’s decision. The idea is that, at the end of this play, the audience will leave laughing but with a new appreciation of the theatre and those woinderful souls that keep it alive and well for them. This play is a director's dream. It is ‘of the theatre’ and enlightens the audience not only about the characters onstage but about the stage and the theatre itself. • The author retains all rights for publication or production and welcomes suggestions for changes from directors and actors.” • Research could include Luigi Pirandello’s Six Characters in Search of an Author.

§ Themes acting, directing, multiple roles, playwriting, theatre.



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