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"Russell and Russell"

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Pfeffinger, Eric (American playwright, cartoonist, information professional, 1969- ), "Russell and Russell,"

a 33 minute absurdist comedy in English set in Russell and Russell's dormitory room, 1992,


© 1992, script/rights available from Eric Pfeffinger, telephone (home) 812-333-8151,, Cited by playwright via ftp, July 11, 1996; Pfeffinger says,

Dramatis Personae Russell (m), college student; Russell (m), college student; Guy (m), intruder; Woman (f), college student

Synopsis "Russell and Russell are two temperamentally ill-matched college students who may or may not share the same name. As they bicker and struggle to get along, it becomes clear that the one thing they do share is acute xenophobia; they cling to one another ever tighter as the inscrutable efforts of others to intrude on their seclusion drive them together. Soon neither leaves the room at all, and they are left with nothing to talk about but body functions and, finally, language itself."

Comment Premiered February-March, 1996, by the Attic Theatre Ensemble as part of their One-Act Marathon, Hollywood, California.

Themes compulsion, roommate, seclusion, xenophobia.

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