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Left to right, Jim Jordan as Zack,  Jerry Bisantz as Tripp. Photographer: Alyssa Brennan
Left to right, Jim Jordan as Zack, Jerry Bisantz as Tripp. Photographer: Alyssa Brennan

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Brennan, Patrick M. (American playwright, software engineer, 1963-____), "dog_eat_dog.com,"

a 15-minute comedy in English, set in Tripp's office, late 1990s,


; • © 2003 by Patrick M. Brennan: • in Patrick M. Brennan's dog_eat_dog.com (Maynard, Massachusetts, U.S.A.: The Author, 2003); • script/rights available from Patrick M. Brennan. • Cited by Patrick M. Brennan, via ftp February 10, 2004; Brennan says,

§ Dramatis Personae Tripp (m), 30, high-flying executive, yuppie salesman type; Zack (m), high-flying executive, yuppie salesman type; Norm (m), _____l.

§ Synopsis "Tripp and Zack are discussing the latest quarterly results, which establish that the company is sinking fast. Tripp wants to confront Zack about the huge volume of child pornography on Zack's computer. Tripp wants Zack to resign from the company 'quietly, discreetly,' else he'll have to bring the evidence to the attention of the boss. Zack tries to convince Tripp that he's being framed, that his laptop's been hacked, but Tripp's not buying it. However, it develops that Tripp is framing Zack. Zack has the upper hand, and he threatens to bring Tripp's duplicity to the attention of the boss, unless Tripp resigns 'quietly, discreetly.' But neither Tripp nor Zack had the technical ability to frame each other; in both cases, they needed Norm's help. Norm is a nerd, and Tripp and Zack are outraged to learn that Norm has been working under the table for both of them. Norm gets called to Tripp's office, and in a comic turnabout, presents the goods on both Tripp and Zack. Norm brings out two resignation letters to Tripp and Zack. • 'dog_eat_dog.com' had its first public reading on November 1-2, 2002, at the Arlington Center for the Arts New Theatre Works Play Reading Series, in Arlington, Maryland, U.S.A., directed by Sarah Powell, featuring Jason Myatt as Tripp, Jerry Bisantz as Zack, Randal Milholland as Norm.

§ Comment "One scene, no shifts, few required props (desk, phone, laptop computer). Language is demanding. • Premiered at the Acme Theater Productions New Works Winter Festival, in Maynard, Maryland, U.S.A., January 10, 18, 2003, directed by Thelonius Griffin, featuring Jay Morris as Tripp, Randal Milholland as Zack, Gordon Ellis as Norm. • Second public performance as part of the American Globe/Turnip Theatre Company's 9th Annual New York City 15-Minute Play Festival, April 21, 2003, directed by Thomas Desrocher, featuring Hugh Kelly as Tripp, Thomas Desrocher as Zack, Robert LoBiondo as Norm. • Third public performance as part of the Playwrights' Platform Summer Festival in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A., June 19, 20, 21, 2003, directed by Alyssa Brennan, featuring Jerry Bisantz as Tripp, Jim Jordan as Zack, Randy Farias as Norm.

§ Themes class, dot-com, hacker, pornography.

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