Go to Home Page of Small-Cast One-Act Guide Online


















The Lady Gentian Violet Part IV: Cries in the Memphis Night”

yellow bar




































Micci, Ronald (American playwright, advertising proofreader-editor, 1948-____ ), “The Lady Gentian Violet Part IV: Cries in the Memphis Night,”

a __-minute gender switch farce in English, set on a Southern plantation at the close of the Civil War, 1865,

3m1f,

; 1998 by Ronald V. Micci, script/rights available from Ronald Micci, 75 Vreeland Avenue, Rutherford, New Jersey 07070, U.S.A., telephone (home) 201-438-3267, (work) 212-297-7290, email RMicci@mail.batesww.com.  •  Cited by Ronald V. Micci via e-mail, February 19, 1998; Micci says,

  §  Dramatis Personae _______ (m), a ____________; _______ (m), a ________________; _______ (m), a ________________; _______ (f), a ________________.

  §  Synopsis “Gentian Violet undergoes a bizarre sex-change operation to prove her womanhood, and gives birth to a strapping baby boy.

  §  Comment “‘Cries in the Memphis Night’ is a sequel to ‘The Lady Gentian Violet,’ a one-act play about sixty minutes in length that was first presented at First Stage in Hollywood as part of Playwrights Express in two parts, then staged at the Riant Theatre in New York in August and September of 1996 (four-week run). The original ‘Gentian Violet’ could be summarized thus: ‘Bodacious beauty Gentian Violet, in reality a man, schemes to save Daddy’s plantation by hooking herself a rich husband. The Crying Game meets Gone With theWind.”

  §  Themes baby, birth, bizarre, Memphis, operation, proof, sex change, womanhood.

See also Ron Micci’s:

  • "Addie and Me," a melodrama, set in the bedroom of Melanie, a teenage girl, night, 2000, 1f
  • "Attack of the Radar People," a 15-minute radio farce, set in an old-time radio broadcast studio, 1950s, 2m1f (or 3m1f)
  • "Biff Bang, American Hero," a 10-minute comedy spoof of radio cliffhangers in English, set in the cockpit of Biff's fighter bomber, 1998, 2m1f
  • "Breakers," a 45-minute melodrama in English in eight scenes, set in three venues, a rented room, the ocean, and an arid precipice on the New Jersey Shore, a summer day, 2002, 1m1f
  • "Dark Snow," a 10-minute melodramatic monologue in English set in the parlor of Aunt Lida's home in the New York woods, 1997, 1f [see items below for 2f versions]
  • "Dark Snow," a 5-minute melodrama in English set in the parlor of Aunt Lida's home in the New York woods, 1997, 2f [see above for 1f version]
  • "Dark Snow," definitive version, a 20-minute melodrama in English set in the parlor of Aunt Lida's home in the New York woods, 1997, 2f [see above for 1f version]
  • "Dark Snow, Evening," a 10-minute melodrama in English set in the parlor of Aunt Lida's home in the New York woods, 1997, 2f [see above for 1f version]
  • "Dark Snow, Morning," a 10-minute melodrama in English set in the parlor of Aunt Lida's home in the New York woods, 1997, 2f [see above for 1f version]
  • "Dink Fast, Harry!," a 10-minute detective comedy-melodrama in English, set in Harry Dinker's dumpy office, daytime, 1998, 2m1f
  • "Director's Cut," a 7-minute film noir, set on a Hollywood set, 1940s, 2m
  • "Family Ruins," a 10-minute melodrama in English, set in the downstairs parlor of a spooky old house, an April evening of 2003, 1m
  • "Flo's Token Showbiz Woes," a15-minute farce, set in a Times Square walk-up, 2m1f
  • "Flying Medusas," a 10-minute contemporary farce in English, set in the theater of the absurd, at no specified time, 1m1f
  • "Good Tidings of Christmas Cheer," a 10-minute black comedy in English, set in London, Christmas Eve, in the time of Charles Dickens, 3m1f
  • "The Grackle," a 10-minute radio melodrama-farce in English, set in a radio broadcast studio, 1930s, 2m1f (but could be played with any combo of m/f)
  • "Happy Endings," a 15-minute comedy-fantasy in English, set in the living-room of Cornweevil homestead in Midwest, 1996, 2m1f
  • "Harry Dinker, Private Eye," a 10-minute detective parody in English, set in Harry Dinker's office in the "downtown section of a grimy city nobody has any use for," afternoon, 1998,1m1f or 2m
  • "Heat Lightning," a 15-minute comedy-melodrama in English, set in the downstairs parlor of a broken-down Southern mansion, on a stormy night, May, 2001, 1m1f
  • "Herman," a 10 minute comedy in English, a 10-minute comedy in English, set in a luncheonette, 1998, 1m3f
  • "High Concept Harry," a 20-minute dark comedy in English, set in Harry Fleck's literary/talent office in Hollywood, afternoon, 2000, 2m
  • "I Sing to You of Robin Hood," a 15-minute comedy in English, set in a tavern in Nottingham, 12th century, 3m1f
  • "I, Dadius," a 15-minute comedy-drama in English, set in the living room of a cozy suburban home, winter, 2000, 1m
  • "International Supreme Con Artists Group," a 10-minute comedy in English, set in the reception area of a Hollywood talent agency, late afternoon, 2001, 1m1f
  • "Kid Valium," a 15-minute comedy in English, set in a big city gymnasium, the day of the big title fight, 2000, 3m1f
  • "Kudhu the Magnificent," a 20-minute farce in English, set in a carnival sideshow, a Saturday afternoon, 1999, 3m1f (+ 1f speaking extra, other extras, voices in audience)
  • "Love's Cousin in the Carolinas," a 13-minute romantic comedy in English, set at a park bench in the suburban Northeast, U.S.A., a Saturday afternoon in late summer, 1998, 1m1f
  • "Moonlight's Little Madness," a 20-minute farce in English, set in the parlor of English country estate, during the Victorian Era, 3m1f
  • "Moonlight's Little Madness," a 40-minute drawing room farce in English set in the parlor of the Prescott country estate, England, a spring evening during the Victorian Era, 2m
  • "Mr. Gilkey's Flagpole," a 15-minute comedy in English, set on the lawn of Mr. Gilkey's home in England, afternoon, 1998, 1m2f
  • "Northernmost Freight," a 10-minute farce in English, set in a Chicago office, late morning, 2001, 2m
  • "November," a 15-minute tragedy in English in two scenes, set (1) in the downstairs of a house on a lake in the Northeastern U.S.A. and (2) on the lake, a November afternoon, 2000, 1m1f
  • "Parasites of Ol' Broadway," a 15-minute comedy/melodrama in English, set in an alleyway on Lower Broadway, October, 1997, 2m1f
  • "A Public Service Announcement," a bare-stage 5-minute contemporary surrealist farce in English, set in an abstract area, daytime, 2001, 1m1f
  • "Rough Cut," a 10-minute comedy/melodrama in English, set in a men's haircutting salon (barber shop) in Beverly Hills, October, 1997, 3m
  • "Sarah's Weekend Confidential," a 7-minute melodrama in English, set in Sarah's room, 2002, 1f
  • "Tea Cozy," a 12-minute melodrama, in English, set in the living room of a suburban home, midday, 1998, 2f
  • "Thank You, Charlie Chan," a 10-minute crime melodrama. set in a hotel room in midtown Manhattan, night, 1930s, 3m
  • "Thebes Like Us," a 10-minute spy parody in English set in a cafe on the Nile, 1996, 2m1f
  • "Thin Laughter in Heaven," a 10-minute bare-stage melodrama in English, set on a cliff overlooking a lake, May, 2001, 1m
  • "Tragic & Trapped in Teaneck," a 13-minute comic melodrama in English, set in the parlor of a home in Teaneck, New Jersey, U.S.A., afternoon, turn of the last century, 2m1f
  • "Two Views: A Crash Course in Life," a 15-minute melodrama in English, set in a bus stop, during morning commute, 2001, 1m1f
  • "Wild About Harry!," a 15-minute detective farce in English, set in a sleazy gin joint; later, Harry's apartment, night, 2001, 2m1f

This Website continues under construction and welcomes new citations and comments.

Page mounted November 15, 1998, and updated November 17, 1998, and April 2, 1999, by the site Webmaster.
 
 

return arrow There is a there there with a correct click.

Quick Connections to Major Sections of This Guide

Preliminaries
| Welcome | Contents | Acknowledgments |
| Foreword | Preface | Introduction |
Body
| Author Index | Cast Size/Gender Index | Title Index |
| Glossary of Genres | Bibliography for Playwrights | Playbills by Themes |
| Eighty Script Analyses (in Print Volume) | Source Directory for Scripts |
Sundries
| Visits Counter | Success Stories |
| Form for Submitting New Citation | | Form for Ordering 1/2/3/4 for the Show |
| Present Web Links | Adding Web Links |
| Guest Book | Disclaimer | General Bibliography |
| About the Author |

Quick Connections to Cast Size/Gender Menus

1 Actor
| One-Male Plays | One-Female Plays |
2 Actors
| One-Male-One-Female Plays | Two-Male Plays | Two-Female Plays |
3 Actors
| One-Male-Two-Female Plays | Two-Male-One-Female Plays | Three-Male Plays |
| Three-Female Plays |
4 Actors
| One-Male-Three-Female Plays | Two-Male-Two-Female Plays |
| Three-Male-One-Female Plays | Four-Male Plays | Four-Female Plays |
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
yellow beads

Small-Cast One-Act Guide Online

complements

the more-extensive print volume

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

(Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, 1995), ISBN 0-8108-2985-1

Scarecrow Press, 4720 Boston Way, Lanham, Maryland 20706, U.S.A.

telephone 800-462-6420 or 301-459-3366, fax 800-338-4550
yellow beads
This guidebook is available in 2-3 days from
BarnesandNoble.com and Amazon.com.