Wilkie, Alex (American playwright, professor, May 14, 1958-____), “Wanted,”
a 25-minute drama in English set in the Junction Bar, in an American small town, evening, 1996,
© 1996, script/rights available from Alex Wilkie, 147 West Central Avenue, Moorestown, New Jersey 08057, U.S.A., telephone (home) 609-727-0267. Cited by playwright via ftp, July 7, 1997; Wilke says,
§ Dramatis Personae Jim Walters (m), local newspaper managing editor; Roger (m), _______; Ed Massina (m), longtime friend of Jim; Patricia Medusky (f), reporter
§ Synopsis “The play takes place in the Junction Bar, a meeting place for gay men. Jim Walters, a managing editor of the local newspaper enters the bar searching for Ed Massina, a longtime friend. He find out, through Roger, that Massina has recently saved the life of another man in the bar. Massina enters, but is furious that his heroism may be published in the newspaper. He has successfully kept his gay activities a secret from the community and fears the story of his heroism, will ruin his ‘straight’ life. He discusses the problem with Walters, who is shocked to learn that his longtime friend is gay. Walters wrestles with the dilemma of whether to run the story and ‘ruin’ his friend or run the story and maintain his integrity as an editor. Patricia Medusky, the reporter who broke the story arrives. Walters decides to kill her story but encourages Massina to tell his whole story to the community.”
bar, editor, ethics, heroism, journalism, male homosexuality, outing, reporter.
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