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Tancredi, Dominic R. (American playwright, student, May 31, 1982-____), “Left Behind,”

a 10-minute tragedy in English, set in a stark fast-food place, 2002, 7:30 a.m., Monday, 2002,

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; • © 2002 by Dominic R. Tancredi; • in Dominic R. Tancredi’s Left Behind (Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.: The Author, 2002); • script/rights available from Dominic R. Tancredi, 1228 West Pratt, Apartment # 3S, Chicago, Illinois 60626, U.S.A., e-mail tnt469@aol.com, telephone (home) 630 319 1857. • Cited by Dominic R. Tancredi via ftp October 5, 2003; Tancredi says,

§ Dramatis Personae Robert (m), 34, single ex-Marine; Dave (m), 30, married ex-Marine; Eric (m), 20, washed-up druggie.

§ Synopsis “Robert eats fast-food alone in a restaurant, waiting to say good-bye to his friend Dave, who is shipping overseas. Dave arrives, and they swap stories of the good ol' days, training, tours of duty they shared in the Gulf, and later, covert operations. Robert then shows Dave a letter he received, telling that his request to reenlist has been denied and he has been honorably discharged from service. He tells Dave of the difficulty of adjusting to military life. A drugged kid comes in; Robert tells him to leave; the kid refuses, and Dave must stop Robert from beating the kid. Robert frisks the kid and takes a gun he finds. Then Robert kicks out the drugged kid. Robert asks Dave for a favor: to trade identities, allowing Dave to stay with his wife and son. Dave refuses and starts to leave. Robert cocks the gun and asks again. Dave tells him the truth—how destroyed Rob has become, how he's falling apart, losing his own private war. In a power outage the gun fires. A body hits the floor, and a figure leaves the restaurant.

§ Comment “One scene, one place, three actors, one light change at the end—a blackout. • Was read as part of the 10-minute Saturday Series staged by Chicago Dramatists, 2002.

§ Themes farewell, identity, military, reminiscence, restaurant, terrorism, war.

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