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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 ), LCCN 68-27685 r86.
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