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Campbell, Ron (American playwright, writer, actor, 1960-____), “SINKER,”

a 50-minute hard-boiled science-fiction thriller in English, set in an office, the day after tomorrow,


 •  © 1999 by Ron Campbell;  •  script/rights available from Ron Campbell, 3618 Glendon Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90034, U.S.A., e-mail broncamble@cs.com, telephone (home/work) 310-838-1890.  •  Cited by Ron Campbell, via e-mail January 7, 2000; Ron says,

  §  Dramatis Personae Gil (m), 45, executive at the bottom rung of a very tall ladder; there’s a nervous breakdown perched on his shoulder like a raven; strong survival instinct; gutless; Carol (f), 25, a secretary and so much more, unafraid to use her hips as well as her lips; a brainy bombshell; Nick (m), 35, an associate, mercurial, edgy and hard as titanium nails—but with a soft, chewy center; The Irrigator (m), age open, an otherworldly presence, carnivore of the deep; trained in martial arts.

  §  Synopsis “In an office a single overhead lamp glares down menacingly on two rolling chairs and a desk. It is early morning. On the desk is a body, (Nick) lying face down, legs akimbo. Gil and his secretary, Carol enter with their morning coffee. Upon seeing this body draped across his desk, Gil goes ballistic. Who the hell is this guy? Is this some kind of message from The Competition? Paranoia starts to fill the room, and Gil is drowning in it. As soon as Gil leaves, Nick springs into action. Words flash through the stale air like knives. Carol leaves, but not before pouring a scalding pot of coffee on Nick's lap. Gil enters and the men engage in verbal game of deadly implications. A macabre tug-of-war ensues as Carol returns to take it all in. When it is through, Gil is on his last legs. A vicious feeding frenzy of ideas has inhaled the room. Who will be left standing? Gil looks like a goner when The Irrigator enters, and that’s when things really get weird. . . .

  §  Comment “Four actors. Four scenes. One Desk. Two Chairs on wheels. A single overhead lamp. This play was developed this summer with actors from the Old Globe theatre in San Diego.”

  §  Themes body, conspiracy, murder, paranoia, reality, scare, science fiction, sex, urban, word play.

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