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Booth, Roy C. (American playwright, comic book store owner, educator, 1965-____), “The Coat,”

a 20-minute drama in English, set in a Greek mountain outpost, late night, winter, 1940,


; • © 1998 by Roy C. Booth; • in Roy C. Booth’s The Coat (Bovey, Minnesota, U.S.A.: The Author, 1998); • script/rights available from Roy C. Booth, 3811 6th Avenue West, Hibbing, Minnesota 55746, U.S.A., telephone (work) 218-262-4744, e-mail roycbooth@hotmail.com. • Cited by Roy C. Booth via ftp, November 12, 1998; Booth says,

§ Dramatis Personae Nikos (m), a duty-driven young man; Ari (m), an indolent habitual criminal.

§ Synopsis “It is late winter, 1940, and the Italians have just tried to invade Greece. Guarding a strategic mountain pass on the outlook of yet another invasion are Nikos, a duty-driven young man from a neighboring village, and Ari, an indolent habitual criminal from Athens. Nikos is well-provided for, while Ari is in tatters due to his gambling. As the cold worsens, so does the relationship between the two men. Ari obsesses over Nikos’ new fur-lined coat, the apparent means to his survival. Unfortunately, for both men, a violent storm is about to overtake them, and one man’s breaking point will lead to a disastrous, if not highly ironic, ending to all of their problems.”

§ Comment Addendum via e-mail, April 29, 2004: “‘The Coat’ will be produced on behalf of Hampson House for a play competition in St. Albans. Hertfordshire, England. The young lass there directing it had seen it posted on your site.”

§ Themes A.D. 1940, breaking point, criminality, defense, disaster, duty, gambling, Greece, habit, indolence, invasion, irony, Italy, male bonding, mountain pass, neighbor, obsession, strategy, storm, survival, winter, youth.

See also Roy C. Booth's

  • "Alvissmal," a 10-minute Skaldic verse drama in English, translated and adapted from Old Norse by Roy C. Booth, set in outside Thrudheim, Thor's home in Asgard, night, ancient Norse mythological era, 2m
  • "Cafe a la Ionesco," a 32-minute absurdist farce in English, set in a fancy restaurant in Nymore, Minnesota, Tuesday evening, February 2, 1999, 3m1f
  • "Circe," a 5-minute dramatic dance piece in English, set at the gates of Mount Olympus, mythological Greece, 4f
  • "The Coldest Time of the Year," a 20-minute children's play in English, set in a forest in India, long ago, 3m
  • "The Confession," a 25-minute suspense drama in English, set in a small, isolated church, northern Minnesota woods, U.S.A., 1995, 2m
  • "Do You Think Dogs Think? Part I" a 10-minute postmodern comedy in English, set in a college office, today, 3m1f (+ extras)
  • "He Who Gets Laughed At Last," a 25-minute dark comedy in English, set the dressing room in a comedy club, 1996, 2m2f
  • "No Uncertain Terms," a 60-minute postmodern drama on comedy, translated by Roy C. Booth and Peter Birmanns from the German original, set in the headquarters of the Black and White Party, last week, 3m1f (+ extras)
  • "The Peasant and the Waterman," a 15-minute children's play in English, set in Old Russia, long ago, 3m1f
  • "Ratopolis," a 22-minute science fiction drama in English, set in American suburbia, 2045,1m1f (+ extras)
  • "Vafthrudnismal," a 12-minute Skaldic verse drama in English, translated and adapted from Old Norse by Roy C. Booth, set in Asgard, then the Giant Vafthrudnir's hall, night, ancient Norse mythological era, 2m1f
Booth, Roy C. (American playwright, comic book/games/book store owner, 1965-____) and Cynthia Booth (American playwright, comic book/games/book store owner, 19__-____) Booth, Roy C. (American playwright, comic book/games/book store owner, 1965-____) and Shane K. Robertson (American playwright, student, 1967-____)

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