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“The Catch”

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Hillel, John R. (Australian playwright, writer, July 17, 1947-____), “The Catch,”

a bare-stage 35-minute comedy-drama in English, in seven scenes, set in various areas, a day and evening in 2005 and a day some weeks later,

3m1f (1m is minor)

; • © 2004 by John R. Hillel; • in John R. Hillel’s The Catch (Mount Waverley, Victoria, Australia: The Author, 2004); • script/rights available from John R. Hillel, 26 Park Road, Mount Waverley, Victoria 3149, Australia, telephone (home) 03 9807 9653, fax 03 9807 0093, e-mail hill0720@hotmail.com. • Cited by John R. Hillel via ftp March, 1, 2005; Hillel says,

§ Dramatis Personae Derek (m)), 45, consultant; Charles Draper/Charlie (m), 55, fisherman; Van Driver (m), 29; Marjorie D’Silva (f) 38. dentist. wife of Derek.

§ Synopsis “When Derek meets Charlie he gets more than he bargained for. Charlie appears innocent enough—a bit pushy perhaps and certainly not the kind of person either Derek or his dentist wife Marjorie would want to have anything to do with. But an accident brings Charlie into Derek and Marjorie’s home and Charlie senses Derek’s marriage is not as well ordered as their fancy car and house would suggest. Charlie gradually takes charge of the situation and changes the lives of this couple irretrievably.

§ Comment “Locations: Scene i: day, a pier and in Derek’s car. Scene ii: day, a street, and in Derek’s car. Scene iii: evening, a room in Derek and Marjorie’s home. Scene iv: evening, the kitchen. Scene v: evening, the dining table. Scene vi: evening, the kitchen and the bedroom. Scene vii: day, the pier. • The action occurs in a number of locations. To avoid slowing the action, a minimalist non-naturalistic set would work best. For example, the car could be represented by four chairs and a box for the boot [trunk]. The kitchen by a bench or a table and the pier by open stage, etc. • John Hillel has taught and theatre in schools, universities and colleges for over twenty five years and he has been involved in theatre as a writer, director or actor for many more. His plays have been performed professionally in Australia.

§ Themes accident, first encounter, marital breakdown, Pinteresque, power, stranger, visitor.

See also John R. Hillel's

  • "Big Is Beautiful," a bare-stage 40-minute comedy in English in ten scenes, set in two areas, Sam's darkroom/den and the couple's kitchen/dining area, over several weeks, with some scenes daytime, others night, 2005, 1m1f
  • "Eden," a 35-minute absurd comedy in English, set in a a room and garden (any), day, 2002, 1m3f or 2m2f

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