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“The United Way”

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Shaffron, Robert (American playwright, writer, 1995-____), “The United Way,”

a 35-minute comedy in English, set in an ad agency, 1955,


© 1995 by Robert Shaffron, 21 Liberty Place, Weehawken, NJ 07087, telephone (home) 201-330-1630, (work) 212-219-1600; script/rights available from Jason Fogelson, The William Morris Agency, 1325 Avenue of the Americas, New York, New York 10019, U.S.A. Cited by Robert Shaffron via ftp, October 25, 1998; Shaffron says,
Dramatis Personae Casey (m), an ad agency man, Roger's partner; Roger (m), an ad agency man, Casey's partner; Yuri (m), an illegal alien.

Synopsis “Casey and Roger, the creative team at an ad agency, are trying desperately to come up with a campaign idea for The United Way Charity. Casey fears losing his job, but Roger repeatedly rejects all Casey’s ideas. Having ordered coffee and danish from the deli, the men are startled when the delivery man, Yuri,  bursts into the office and begs for them to hide him from the immigration authorities.  He admits that he is an illegal alien from an oppressive Eastern European nation in fear of deportation. Yuri has defected here with his son, for whom he fears desperately.  Roger offers safe haven, but Casey orders Yuri from the office. The ad men argue, but Casey prevails and forces the alien into the street. After Yuri has departed, Roger proposes an ad campaign for The United Way stolen directly from Yuri’s life story. The two men agree they have a winner.

Comment “Non-traditional casting of performers of diverse colors, nationalities and physical circumstances is always encouraged.”

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Themes ad agency, authority, biography, campaign, creativity,  defection, deportation, Eastern Europe, exploitation, father-son relationship, government, illegal alien, Immigration and Naturalization Service, intellectual property, oppression, politics, rejection, safe haven, team, theft, United Way Charity.

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