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"Ethnic Cleansing"

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Hellesen, Richard (American playwright, 1956- ), "Ethnic Cleansing,"

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, 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, (m)

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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