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“The Unreasonable Man”

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Boray, Shoshannah (aka Jennifer S. Bloomfield, American playwright, actor, director, January 27, 1970-____), “The Unreasonable Man,”

a 10-minute comedy in English, set in a cafe, in Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.A., brunchtime, 1997,

3m1f; • © 1997 by Jennifer Bloomfield; • in Shoshannah Boray's The Unreasonable Man (Burlington, Vermont, U.S.A.: Author, 1997); • scripts available from Shoshannah Boray, 206 North Winooski Avenue, Burlington, Vermont 05401, U.S.A., e-mail jennyfb@aol.com, telephone (home) 802-652-0761, (work) 301-460-1299; • rights available from Shoshannah Boray, 13712 Wagon Way, Silver Spring, Maryland 20906, U.S.A. • Cited by Shoshannah Boray via ftp April 2, 2002; Boray says,

§ Dramatis Personae Neiman (m), 30, an outsider; a hippie or a lumberjack, a poet or a traveller; Stuart (m), 30, a slick, hip, city cowboy; Edward (m), 35, average, tired, middle-of-the-road, freshly divorced; Helen (f), 25, mature but naive to the ways of the world, conservative, introspective, sheltered.

§ Synopsis “Helen sits at the counter in a popular and hip brunch joint in Louisville and writes in a journal. A stranger seats himself nearby at the counter, places his mandolin carefully, orders a cup of coffee, then notices her. Mirrors or metal backing the counter area reflect images of two men: Stuart, slick and hip, and Edward, bland, discouraged, depressed, are sitting behind them at a table, discussing loudly what the unhappily divorced Ed is going to do with his thwarted lust. Neiman tells Helen she has pretty legs and begins to quote poetry. She demurs, uncertain what to make of him. Neiman and Helen eavesdrop on Stuart and Edward’s conversation about the virtues of being unreasonable. Eventually, they overhear Stuart seduce Edward and watch the men leave to make love in a nearby park. Nieman waits until Helen is emboldened . . . to invite him to the park. Finally.

§ Comment “One scene. Single set. Requirements include two stools, a counter, a table and chairs. • The play was produced by Love Creek productions in New York. It is part of a trilogy entitled The Three Stages of Seduction.

§ Themes coming of age, courtship, cruising, divorce, eavesdropping, first encounter, gay, heterosexuality, homosexuality, lust, poetry, restaurant, seduction.

See also Shoshannah Boray's

  • "Mandolin," a minute comedy-drama in English, set in a slightly downtrodden park in Montreal, Quebec, on an autumn afternoon, 1998, 1m2f
  • "Water People," a 60-minute drama-comedy in English, set in Vermont country, over a single summer, 1997, 1m2f

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