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“Why’s Answer”


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Ksyniak, Joseph,  Jr. (American playwright, screenwriter, actor, 1946-____), “Why’s Answer,”

a 25-minute science-fiction play in English, set in a psychiatrist’s office, afternoon, 1995,

3m or 3f (+1 extra in 2 female roles);

  •  © 1995 by Joseph Ksyniak, Jr.;  •  script/rights available from Joseph Ksyniak, Jr., 23 Spring Street #6, Belfast,  Maine 04915-6843, U.S.A., e-mail ksyniak@panax.com, telephone (home) 207-338-8327.  •  Cited by Joseph Ksyniak, Jr., via ftp August 29, 1999; Ksyniak says,

  § Dramatis Personae Dr. Razlof (m/f), 59, skeptical psychiatrist, calm/easygoing/sincere; Philip Kingslock (m/f), 35, paranoid, dangerous; Dr. Smythson (m/f), __, distinguished, high-priced doctor/lawyer; Secretary (f extra); Patient (f extra).

  § Synopsis “Kingslock, a disturbed patient, is sure he has been abducted and is even now being stalked again.  Through Razlof’s sensitive questioning, he explains what the aliens are and what they want. ‘They’re searching inside our bodies for some ludicrous laugh molecule or divine atom.’ But he has a deadly surprise for his tormentors, and he wants to protect Razlof. Dr. Razlof only sees a disturbed individual who requires
hospitalization.  But he cannot force his patient to help himself and Kingslock leaves. Fueled by a strange occurrence and a visit by a high-priced doctor/lawyer, Dr. Razlof is left with doubt and . . . fear.

  § Comment “General audience—contemporary—one set—two scenes. Gender changes of roles require minimum script changes. The same actor can handle Secretary and Patient roles.”

  § Themes abduction, alien, hospitalization, interrogation, mental health, perception, psychiatry, reality, stalking, torment, visit.
 
 

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