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"The Act and the Image"

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Scranton, George A. (American playwright, 19__- ), "The Act and the Image,"

an absurdist tragi-comedy set is on a precipice overlooking the local garbage dump/ash heap outside a city, any/all/no time in particular (now . . . and 4,000 years ago . . . and 2,000 years ago),


script/rights available from George A. Scranton, 1406 Orange Place North, Seattle, WA 98109. Cited by George A. Scranton via e-mail July 12, 1995; Scranton adds,

Comment "[It] may be . . . . 'The Act and the Image' is both a modern image/action and an ancient 'act'ion, which is itself a reflection of yet another action. It alternates between Joe and Job, between informal prose and formal poetry, in a series of rounds (as in a wrestling match, or formal debate). Each 'round' of this modern/ancient struggle is started and finished by the external sound of a fight bell. The overall cyclical structure of this play is a literary/dramatic rondo or aria da capo which changes with every return to the beginning. This play delves into the problem of guiltless suffering. It attempts to show Joe's/Job's view of the situation (which seems absurd to him) and symbolically to combine this with God's involvement in that absurdity. 'The Act and the Image' has won two national playwriting awards for religious theatre. " Not to be confused with Rachmael Ben Avram's The Act and the Image: Including Our Town, by Thornton Wilder [American playwright, 1897-1975], and Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare [English playwright, 1564-1616] (New York, Odyssey Press [1969]), LCCN 68-27685 r86.

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Small-Cast One-Act Guide Online
complements the print volume

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

by Lewis W. Heniford

(Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, 1995), ISBN 0-8108-2985-1, $39.50, plus s/h
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