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“Flawless; or, Not a Drop of Blood Anywhere”

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Babcock, Joel (Canadian playwright, student, filmmaker, cofounder of The Plastic People Theatre Company, 1985-____), “Flawless; or, Not a Drop of Blood Anywhere,”

a 15-minute absurd drama in English, set any place, any time,


; © 2004 by Joel Babcock; • in Joel Babcock’s Flawless; or, Not a Drop of Blood Anywhere (Wallaceburg, Ontario, Canada: The Author, 2004); • script/rights available from Joel Babcock, 3 Lillian Street, Wallaceburg, Ontario N8A 4W1, Canada, telelphone (home) 519-627-6927, (school) 613-546-1956, e-mail 3jrlb@qlink.queensu.ca. • Cited by Joel Babcock, December 9, 2004; Babcock says,

§ Dramatis Personae Jack Patrick Hinklemeyer (m), a lone confessor; The Captain (m or f), a British gentleman; Dwot (m or f), The Captain’s parasite.

§ Synopsis “A lone man (Jack) comes onto the stage and shares with the audience his inner dreams and thoughts about love, work, and his longing for children—when BLAM, a gunshot rings out, and Jack falls to the ground dead. Enter the Captain, smoking pistol in hand, followed by his parasite, Dwot. The lifeless body stretched out before them, The Captain and Dwot casually converse, verging on absurdity and incoherence. Their conversation reveals deep frustration and unhappiness from which there is no escape.

§ Comment “A chair is needed. The Captain and Dwot are gender flexible. Though their characters were conceived as men, they can easily be played as women with a few minor adjustments to the script.” • Joel Babcock is the winner of a scripting contest for TV advertising sponsored by Canadian music superstation MuchMusic. • Research could include “Push,” by Gordon Chan and Joel Babcock, a one-act “disturbing portrayal of a man whose job consists solely of pushing a button when a buzzer goes off. Alone in his cubicle, demarcated by white tape on the black stage, he contemplates the possible function of this button, and spirals into a kind of breakdown fueled by the idea that the button might launch bombs and kill millions of people. The real tragedy of course, is his complete ignorance of his own purpose; ‘Why am I here!’ he cries.”—Queen's Journal - Gnu Ground’s wonderful chaos, http://www.queensjournal.ca/articlephp/point-vol131/issue30/arts/lead1, accessed December 10, 2004.

§ Themes absurdity, determinism, identity, memory, murder, morality.

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