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Death of a Legend

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Barrett, Dean (American writer, librettist, playwright, October 10, 1942-____), “Death of a Legend,”

a 15-minute gangster drama in English, set in a Manhattan apartment, New York City, daytime, 1997,


© 1997 by Dean Barrett;  •  script/rights available from Dean Barrett, deanbarr@loxinfo.co.th or deanbarrett58@hotmail.com, telephone (home) 212 677-9547, (work) 212 677-9547, fax 212 677-9547.  •  Cited by Dean Barrett via ftp June 21, 1997, and amended via e-mail February 1, 1998; Barrett says,

Dramatis Personae Hit Man (m); Kid (m), Other Man (m).

Synopsis “A hit man is inside a New York apartment cleaning his gun. The ‘kid,’ a nervous type full of bluster, enters thinking that he and the hit man are waiting to ’take out’ another hit man who is coming soon; a man said to be a ‘legend’ because of his number of hits. The Kid boasts that he has already done a lot of hits himself and that one day he, too, will be a legend in the business because of the number of men he will ‘take out.’ After a tense exchange, the kid enters the bathroom and finds a body in the tub. The hit man then holds his gun on the kid saying that he (the hit man) is in fact the legend and killed the other man and now will kill him. The boy successfully pleads for his life by promising to get out of the business. In his fear, he admits he never killed anyone and was just boasting. He pees his pants and sobs and when allowed to leave he runs out. The man in the bathtub, all wet with water and ketchup, enters the room. In fact, the whole thing was a setup! as the two real hit men had been paid by the boy’s uncle to keep the boy out of the business. It worked. Hence, death of a ‘legend.’”

Comment See also Dean Barrett’s

  • Themes generational gap, gun, murder, reality, uncle-nephew relationship.
  • About the Playwright

        Dean Barrett has had several plays read and staged by various groups including Pasadena Playhouse of California, Virginia's Offstage Theatre, Florida's Riverside Theatre, New York's Phoenix Ensemble, Vox Theater, Love Creek Productions, Fourplay Productions, PanAsia Repertory, and several colleges and universities.
        Dean has written the book and lyrics for a musical set in Hong Kong in 1857 entitled FRAGRANT HARBOUR (music -Ed Linderman). Presentations of the musical have been held at BMI, York Theater, Directors Company and Penn State University. The musical was selected to be staged on 42nd Street under the auspices of the National Alliance of Musical Theaters. Mr. Barrett has co-written a one-man show with the Chinese actor, Robert Lin, entitled MAO: Red Star & Blue Apple, and his play about the 19th century Chinese slave trade entitled, BARRACOON, recently had a reading with VOX Theater Company in Manhattan.
        Dean is a member of the Dramatists Guild, Mystery Writers of America, an affiliate of BMI (librettist), and a member of the China Round Table.

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