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Tragedy, a Comedy

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Ferrante, Bob Jude (American playwright, 1959-____), “Tragedy, a Comedy,”

a 30-minute comedy-drama in English, set in the living room of a suburban ranch house in upstate New York, over four days, 1996,

3m1f  (+ 1 female extra),

© 1996 by Bob Jude Ferrante;  •  script/rights available from Bob Jude Ferrante, telephone (home) 718-421-6977, (work) 212-736-4433 extension 3105, e-mail jude@pipeline.com, http://www.pipeline.com/~jude. Cited by Bob Jude Ferrante via ftp, December 1, 1997, and December 6, 1998; Ferrante says,

  §  Dramatis Personae Harry Stevens (m), teacher; God (m), Himself; Bernard (m), best friend of Harry; Mrs. Stevens (f extra), wife of Harry.

  §  Synopsis “Harry Stevens has a good life. He loves his job teaching mentally-retarded kids. His marriage is stable. He’s got a good home. But . . . a routine check-up turns dire. God shows up. Won’t leave. Best friend Bernard starts praying in the living room. Won’t leave either.

  §  Comment “Bob Jude Ferrante is a member of the Dramatists Guild and is Managing Director of NY Play Development, a free service organization for NYC-area playwrights. As a director, Mr. Ferrante oversaw the first US production of Edward Bond’s The Bundle (Kenyon College, 1981) and Mamta Landerman’s Life of Krishna (1983 Gandhi Festival, San Francisco CA), and several of his own plays.”

  §  Themes check-up, children, friendship, marriage, prayer, mental retardation, teaching.

See also Bob Jude Ferrante’s

  • Men’s,” a 10-minute comedy in English, set in a restaurant, by the door to men’s room, 8:00 p.m., 2000, 1m1f
  • Scene Analysis for Fun & Profit,” a 10-minute comedy set in the dining room of a suburban home, 2000, 1mf
  • Twinges from the Fringe,” a bare-stage 75-minute sketch comedy in English, 2m1f
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