"The Incubus"

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Chatterton, John (British playwright and technical writer/Website designer, 1946- ), "The Incubus,"

a 50-minute drama in English set in London, 1875,


© 1997 by John Chatterton, script/rights available from John Chatterton, 165 Christopher St. #5N, New York City, New York 10014, U.S.A., telephone (home) 212- 691-2014, fax 212- 691-2042. Cited to Webmaster by John Chatterton via e-mail, March 29, 1996; Chatterton says,

Dramatis Personae Vickers (m), a medium; Michael (m), a medium; Smythe (m), Michael's manager/pimp

Synopsis "Vickers comes to believe in spiritualism. He falls in with a couple of crooks: Michael, a medium, and Smythe, Michael's manager/pimp. Michael appears to 'bring back' Vickers' friend from his youth, Edward, a young man killed in the Crimea. Vickers consummates his long-standing but suppressed love for Edward by having sex with Michael during a seance, thinking he is being seduced by Edward. Smythe, having been rejected earlier by Vickers as not necessary to Michael 's future and having been rejected by Michael as a business partner, storms in and turns on the light while Vickers and Michael /Edward are having a 'seance.' Vickers, who has by now staked his career on the scientific reality of the afterlife, realizes he is ruined. Michael and Smythe get him to write them a large check; they leave. Vickers kills himself with Edward's old gun. The ghost of Edward appears briefly."

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