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“Execution at Paradais Island”

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Gold, Jeffrey Frederick (American playwright, screenwriter, filmmaker, film composer, 1968-____), “Execution at Paradais Island,”

a 10-minute black comedy, set in a notorious military prison, Paradais Island, dusk, 2004,

3m: © 2004 by Jeffrey Frederick Gold; • in Jeffrey Frederick Gold’s Execution at Paradais Island (Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.A.: The Author, 2003); • script/rights available from Jeffrey Frederick Gold, 333 South Laker Court, Salt Lake City, Utah 84102-2322, U.S.A., e-mail jgold@jeffreygold.com. • Cited by Jeffrey Frederick Gold, via ftp, March 23, 2004; Gold says,

§ Dramatis Personae Carrots (m), 38-52, inmate; Tenbenny (m), 38-42, streetwise; Guard/Officer (m), staff.

§ Synopsis “Two blokes are scheduled for execution at Paradais Island, the notorious military prison, and have the occasion to reminisce about the past and face their short future together.

§ Comment “The stage consists of two eight-foot wooden poles, preferably of telephone pole thickness. Optional: A wire fence can be set in the background accompanying a spectacular island sunset. A thoroughbass of waves washing up on a beach and intermittent military commands shouted at a far distance are integral to the performance of this play. • Guard and Officer can be played by the same actor. Guard wears military khakis. Officer wears cover, MacArthur shades, and carries a horse whip.” • “Jeffrey Gold’s play ‘Execution at Paradais Island’ was a Finalist in the Playwriting Competition of the 2004 Moondance International Film Festival.”—e-mail press@indivisiblePR.com, July 23, 2004. • Press release received via e-mail June 8, 2005: “Award-winning playwright and screenwriter Jeffrey Gold is the 2005 BEST OF STATE medal winner for Playwriting & Screenwriting. The award was among an impressive lineup of recipients in the arts & entertainment category of BEST OF STATE medal winners. The award ceremony will be broadcasted on KUTV Channel 4 television on June 18, 2005. In addition to the BEST OF STATE award in Playwriting and Screenwriting, Jeffrey Gold has won the 2002 CrossCurrents Culture Unlimited National Five and Dime Playwriting Competition, 2003 Boca Raton Theatre Guild Short Play Reading Festival, 2003 Ten by Ten in the Triangle Playwriting Competition (Finalist), 2004 Theatre Orange - Shorts in Winter series, 2003 Experiments In Ink V playwriting competition, was a Finalist in the 2004 Moondance Film Festival stageplay competitions, and won the Moondance Seahorse Award in the 2005 Moondance Film Festival stageplay competition, and was commissioned by the Plan-B Theater Company for the Playwriting SLAM in 2004. His plays include In the Pursuit of Svetla, Horst and Graben in the Context of the Unfinished Man, Fitch Todd, Horst and Graben at the Chateau Godot, Dedekind, Percolation Theory, Execution at Paradais Island, Candycane Hurricane, What Happens on Sundays?, Displacement: A Fish in Water Story, and he is currently working on two plays, Waisenhaus and The Unexpected Autobiography of Spressa Perlesi. Jeffey Gold attributes his success as a playwright to Salt Lake Acting Company's Playwrights Group headed by dramaturg and playwright Mike Dorrell and playwright-in-residence Julie Jensen, to the Sawtooth Writers Conferences founded by Playwrights Jeff Metcalf and David Kranes, and to many of Salt Lake's finest actors, Kurt Proctor, Dan Larrinaga, Brenda Sue Cowley, and others, who read his plays in workshops. "Having actors of such high caliber read one's plays is critical to the development of a playwright," says Jeffrey Gold. His first screenplay, Atlantic Summer, written in 1996 and produced in 2001 by Chasing the Sun Pictures, features Academy-Award nominee and Golden Globe winner Karen Black (The Great Gatsby, Five Easy Pieces), and has found a distributor. His screenplay, The Man from Peenemunde, was a finalist in the Sundance Institute/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation screenwriting fellowship competition. He is a writer, director, award-winning composer, and producer of other film productions, many of them produced under the Cambridge Films banner. Jeffrey Gold is on the faculty of Western Governors University and is also an adjunct professor at Salt Lake Community College where he teaches screenwriting and film, and was an instructor of screenwriting at the University of Utah's Academic Outreach/Continuing Education Lifelong Learning program. He was educated at the U.S. Naval Academy (Annapolis), the University of Utah, and at Cambridge University, England. For additional information about award-winning playwright Jeffrey Gold, please visit his official Website at http://www.jeffreygold.com.”

§ Themes bravado, bribery, execution, last words, manipulation, military, minimalism, past crimes, prison, redemption, reminiscence, surf.


See also Jeffrey Frederick Gold's
  • "Dedekind," a 10-minute absurd comedy in English, set in a pool of light on a train station platform, late dusk, 2003, 2m1f or 3m
  • "Fitch Todd," a 10-minute comedic tragedietta in English, set in a nicely- but sparsely-appointed room, Rome, Italy, recent past, 2m1f
  • "Horst and Graben at the Chateau Godot," a 10-minute comedy in English, set in Chateau Godot, a restaurant, Saturday evening, 2003, 2m2f
  • "Horst and Graben in the Context of the Unfinished Man," a 10-minute absurdist comedy in English, set in the middle an expansive desert, sunset, 1998, 2m

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Page mounted March 31, 2004, and updated April 29, November 20, 2004, June 8, November 10, 2005, by the Webmaster.

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