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Foote, Horton (American playwright, screenwriter, 1916-____), “The One-Armed Man,”

a __-minute drama in English, set in the office of a business, 1989,


© 1989 by Horton Foote;  •  in The Tears of My Sister/The Prisoner’s Song/The One-Armed Man/The Land of the Astronauts (New York: Dramatists Play Service, Inc., 1993), LCCN 93-244591 (published with and can pair with “The Prisoner’s Song,” a drama, 2m2f); also in Horton Foote’s Selected One-Act Plays of Horton Foote, edited by Gerald C. Wood (Dallas, Texas, U.S.A.: Southern Methodist University Press, 1989), ISBN 0-87074-274-4, ISBN 0-87074-275-2.  •  script/rights available from Dramatists Play Service, Inc., 440 Park Avenue South, New York, New York, 212-683-8960, fax 212-213-1539, http://www.dramatists.com, postmaster@dramatists.com, DPS 2022. Cited by Allen L. Hubby via e-mail hubby@interport.net, March 20, 1997; the citation says,

  §  Dramatis Personae McHenry (m), the one-armed man; C. W. (m), McHenry’s old boss; Pinky (m), the accountant.

  §  Synopsis “When McHenry, the one-armed man, comes back to his old job to reclaim his arm lost in an accident, his old boss, C. W.[,] is unsympathetic. The accountant, Pinky, tries to convey just how serious McHenry is, but only when McHenry shows C. W. the loaded gun, and then shoots him, do we all know how far he will go to become whole again.”—Complete Catalogue of Plays 1994-1995 (New York: Dramatists Play Service, Inc., 1994), p. 260.

  §  Comment Horton Foote’s playwriting career spans more than fifty years. His plays have been on Broadway, off-Broadway, off-off Broadway and throughout America. He received the William Inge Lifetime Achievement Award and the Screen Laurel Award from the Writers Guild of America as well as honorary doctorates from American Film Institute, Austin College, and Drew University.

  §  Themes accident, accounting, amputation, attack, boss, disability, employer-employee relationship, gun, insanity, one-armed, reclaiming, return, shooting, sympathy, violence, wholeness.

See also Horton Foote’s:
  • "Blind Date," a comedy set in the living room of Robert and Dolores Henry's home in Harrison, Texas, 1929, 2m2f
  • The Dearest of Friends,” a drama in English set in the Vontaugh's living room in their apartment, Houston, Texas, early fall, 1924, 2m2f
  • A Nightingale,” a drama in English, set in the kitchen of Mabel and Jack Votaugh, Houston, Texas, around 7:00 a.m., early April, 1924, 1m3f
  • The Prisoner’s Song,” a drama in English, 2m2f

  • Spring Dance,” a 25-minute drama in English, set in a section of enclosed garden adjoining a ballroom-auditorium where a dance is being held, in an asylum, Austin, Texas, spring, 1928, 3m1f

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