Smith, Kathryn (American playwright and theater manager, 1956- ), "Breakfast at Whistler's,"
a 25-minute comedy in English set in London, 1879,
© 1997 by playwright, script/rights available from Kathryn Smith, 400 Heyward Road, Anderson, SC 29621, U.S.A., telephone (work) 864-224-4248, (home) 864-224-0290, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Cited to this Website January 13, 1996; Smith says,
Dramatis Personae "Oscar Wilde (m), James McNeill Whistler (m), Page Boy (m)
Synopsis "Oscar Wilde, a recent university
graduate come to London to make a name for himself, calls on the
artist James McNeill Whistler one Sunday morning in 1879. Whistler
is on the verge of bankruptcy following a disastrous lawsuit waged
against the art critic John Ruskin and is desperate to pay his
bills. At first he welcomes the distraction presented by the colorful
Mr. Wilde. The two talk about art and the court case, and Wilde's
clever banter amuses Whistler. But when Wilde reveals that he
hopes to become a critic himself and doesn't see eye-to-eye with
Whistler on matters of art, Whistler becomes irritated and then
angry. He plays a nasty trick on Wilde that both frees him of
his tiresome visitor and picks his pocket--to the benefit of Whistler's
long-suffering page boy."
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