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 email@example.com, telephone (home) 773-871-7860; or script/international rights from agent at firstname.lastname@example.org. • 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.
“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.”
gay, gossip, homosexuality, relationship, friendship, honesty, lunch, restaurant,
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