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“Gentle Reader”

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Casner, Howard W. (American playwright, 1954-____), “Gentle Reader,”

a 15-minute comedy in English, set in a restaurant, various lunchtimes, 2001,


  •  © 2001 by Howard W. Casner;  •  script/American rights available from playwright Howard W. Casner, 619 West Stratford, 304, Chicago, Illinois  60657, U.S.A., e-mail hcasner@aol.com, telephone (home) 773-871-7860; or script/international rights from agent at  byrn@hollowhills.fsnet.co.uk.  •  Cited by Howard W. Casner, via ftp April 2, 2001; Casner says,

  §  Dramatis Personae Don (m), 29, _______; Pete (m), 30, _______; Chris (m), 25, young waiter.

  §  Synopsis “Don and Pete meet weekly for lunch. Most of their conversations tend to be gossip about friends and the trivial and not-so-trivial events that cause relationships to change, for better and for worse (example: one friend is moving to another neighborhood, preventing him from seeing his best friend on a regular basis, which will probably result in the end of the relationship; however, while exploring the new neighborhood he encounters an old school chum, and a new friendship emerges. One day, the waiter forgets to charge them for a carafe of wine. Don points this out to the waiter, which makes Pete angry; he felt they could have gotten it for free. At the next lunch, Don requests separate checks. Before the following lunch, Pete phones Don
and begs off the next couple of meetings. About a month later, Don and Pete accidentally meet at the restaurant. Pete now is meeting a new regular for lunch.

  §  Comment “Setting is a table and two chairs. Multiple scenes. Simple lighting implies change of time.”

  §  Themes gay, gossip, homosexuality, relationship, friendship, honesty, lunch, restaurant, reunion.

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