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“State of the Art”

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Abernethy, Craig (American playwright, 1947-____), “State of the Art,”

a 45-minute absurdist/ironic comedy in English, set in the writer's mind, at "Curtain" and following,

3m or 3f

; • © 2003 by Craig Abernethy; • in Craig Abernethy’s State of the Art (San Diego, California, U.S.A.: The Author, 2003); • script/rights available from Craig Abernethy, 4135 Jackdaw Street, San Diego, California 92103, U.S.A., e-mail craig@craigabernethy.com, http://www.craigabernethy.com, telephone 619-291-7847. • Cited by Craig Abernethy, April 12, 2005; • Abernethy says,

§ Dramatis Personae Fran/Frank (m or f), 20s to 60s, oldest and wisest; Sue/Sam (m or f), 20s to 60s, Fran/Frank’s colleague and a little thick; Jean/Jack (m or f), 20s to 60s, youngest and an eager newcomer.

§ Synopsis “The characters ‘create’ the play they perform: ‘how do we begin our “beginning?”’ ‘good: must know that!’—struggle with the ‘where’ it takes place and whether should it be ‘about’ something and reveal how foolish we can be when taking ourselves more seriously than our work.

§ Comment “A bare stage with black boxes ‘used as needed.’ • Absurdist comedy about the creative/decision-making ‘process’ and the role the ego too often plays in it. • Script sample available at www.craigabernethy.com. • A ‘delightfully clever’ and ‘side splitting’ comedy; ‘dazzling and witty’ ‘laughs come fast and furious.’ See reviews and bio at www.craigabernethy.com.”

§ Themes absurdism, creativity, decision-making process, egotism, women’s roles.

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