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Moran, D. (aka Dan Moran, American playwright, artist, 1953-____), “Elvis Has Left the Building,”

a 30-minute dark comedy in English, set in New York City, 9:00 p.m. during a storm, 2003,


;  • © 2003 by D. Moran;  •  in D. Moran’s Elvis Has Left the Building (New York: The Author, 2003);  •  script/rights available from D. Moran, 182 Avenue A #7, New York 10009, New York, U.S.A., e-mail Rudan49@myway.com.  •  Cited by D. Moran via ftp April 25, 2003; Moran says,

  §  Dramatis Personae Father (m), 49, parent of teenager; Son (m), 16, Orlando’s friend; Orlando (m), 18, Son’s friend.

  §  Synopsis “On a stormy New York City night, Father and Son return to their one bedroom apartment with their dead dog Elvis in tow. Having just missed delivering their dog to the veterinarian for cremation before closing time, they must spend the night with Elvis until the next morning when the vet opens. The Father’s suggestion of having Elvis stuffed by a taxidermist and keeping him around as a memento sparks debate. The Son wants nothing to do with stuffing Elvis; his objections raise enduring as well as more recent conflicts that have plagued Father and Son—schooling, drug use, sex, childhood remembrances, the life and times of Elvis, and growing up male in the U.S.A. Just as the debate between Father and Son hits a wall, the doorbell rings. Orlando, the Son’s eighteen-year-old Punk-rocker friend, drops by. Although dressed head to toe in studs and spikes and tatoos, Orlando is the most polite kid you’ll ever meet (think Eddie Haskell in punk gear). Orlando’s influence calms the tussle between Father and Son: they agree to cremate Elvis.

  §  Comment “The New York City setting is not mandatory, as the few references to N.Y.C. might easily allude to Anytown, U.S.A. Staging requires no set shifts, lighting changes, major set pieces, or tricks. The dead dog wrapped in a blanket should not seem gruesome. Some foul language by the teenagers is integral.  •  ‘Elvis Has Left the Building’ is a new play ready for its premiere.”

  §  Themes adolescence, alcoholism, animal, dead dog, death, drug use, family, father-son relationship, New York City lifestyle, pet, punk rock, taxidermy, veterinary.

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