Hellesen, Richard (American playwright, 1956- ), "Ethnic
a 13-minute drama in English set in a carwash, somewhere on
the West Coast, a Monday morning in November, 1995,
© 1995, script/rights available from Richard Hellesen,
e-mail email@example.com, telephone
(home) 916-965-4048, or agent Earl Graham, Graham Agency, 311
West 43rd Street, New York City, New York 10036, telephone 212-489-7730,
fax 212-489-7731. Cited by playwright to present author via ftp
June 18, 1997; Hellesen says,
Dramatis Personae Felipe (m); Brad (m); Eddie,
Synopsis "As Felipe details his car, Brad
stands drinking coffee and conversing with Eddie about tomorrow's
election. Eddie, reading the paper, notes that support for The
Proposition seems to be narrowing. Brad laughs and points out
that it is a slam-dunk; people are fed-up with These People coming
here, not speaking the language, taking jobs, and generally taking
unfair advantage. When he learns to his great surprise that Eddie
is actually Undecided as to how to vote, Brad makes his case for
The Proposition-suggesting that Eddie's fear of being thought
a racist is blinding him to the benefits for him and his kids.
Eddie reveals that he may have more personal reasons for being
unsure. Felipe, meanwhile, does a fine job cleaning Brad's car."
Comment "Felipe is a silent character. 'Ethnic
Cleansing' was a Finalist, Actors Theatre of Louisville National
Ten-Minute One-Act Contest, 1995.
Themes election, immigration, racism.
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