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Deemer, Charles (American playwright, novelist, screenwriter, 1939- ), "Testing,"

a 45-minute black comedy translated and freely adapted from Vladimir Koshkov's Russian original into English, set in a Moscow radio station, on the day of American first strike,


© 1986, script/rights available from Charles Deemer, 3123 SW Second Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97201, U.S.A., telephone (home) 503-227-5030, (work) 503-227-5030, e-mail Cited by playwright via ftp, July 11, 1997; Deemer says,

Dramatis Personae ________ (m), a worker; ________ (m), a worker; DJ (m), disk jockey; Natasha (f), ___________

Synopsis "Two workers are painting the interior of a Russian radio station-but it is soon clear they are there for other purposes. As the DJ continues with his show, the workers prepare to take over the radio station and announce an American first strike and takeover of Moscow. But one of the workers is a double-agent, the DJ is a triple agent, and the play ends is stalemate as Natasha describes the horror of nuclear confrontation from the citizen's point of view."

Comment Charles Deemer offers Screenwriters & Playwrights Home Page He is author of Screenwright: The Craft of Screenwriting, an electronic book and self-guided course; see He also is author of Secrets of the Webmasters (Bellevue, Washington: Resolution Business Press, 1997), ISBN 0945264208.

Themes espionage, imposter, nuclear warfare, reality.

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1/2/3/4 for the Show: A Guide to Small-Cast One-Act Plays

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