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“Lost in Small Places”

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James, Katie (European Trailmix playwright, student, 1979-____), “Lost in Small Places,”

a 27-minute dramedy in English, set in an office, a Tuesday morning, 2003,

4f (+ 3 voices)

; • © 2003 by Katie James; • in Katie James’ Lost in Small Places (Modesto, California, U.S.A.: The Author, 2003) ; • script/rights available from Katie James, 3704 Kona Oak Drive, Modesto, California 95355, U.S.A., or 1007 West Rose Street, Stockton, California 95203, U.S.A., e-mail KatharineMOld@aol.com, telephone (home) 209-465-9502, (work) 209-529-7169. • Cited by Katie James via ftp June 30, 2003; James says,

§ Dramatis Personae Deb (f), __, a woman who has it all; Eva (f), __, seems like a very happy woman; Christine (f), __, new to the office; Tracy (f), __, at the end of her rope.

§ Synopsis “It’s another day at the offices of Bingham, Tersley, Evans & Dooll, and the women who man the technical support division are slowly filing into work. Through constant internal monologues of these women, they reveal what’s going on in the ‘real world’ while they go about business as usual in the office. Deb doesn’t have her normal concentration today, as she suspects her husband is having an affair. Eva obsesses on her appearance, revealing the mind of a bulemic. Christine is simply trying to acclimate herself to this new, repressive atmosphere, and has a curious need to connect with Eva. Tracy, when she finally shows up, tries to balance the home life of a single mother and the demands of a working mom, only to be berated by her employers. All three women explain how they came to work at Bingham, Tersley, Evans & Dooll, taking turns as figures in one another’s ‘other lives.’ By the end of the day, none of the problems have been solved, but each has made it through another day. Christine makes the effort to connect with someone, finally asking Eva if she’s okay. That one connection opens up so many doors, allowing the human spirit to enter the offices of Bingham, Tersley, Evans and Dooll.

§ Comment “The isolation of individuals in the work place. • One ongoing scene. Light changes are up to the director, although they are not necessary. Recommended to have a microphone backstage for ‘the bosses’; the recommendation is to use Deb, Eva and Christine offstage for Bingham, Tersley, and Evans, the bosses, voiceovers. • ‘Lost in Small Places’ placed fifth in the First Annual Stockton Civic Theatre Original One Act Competition in 2002. The play was produced in 2003 at San Joaquin Delta College in the Studio Theatre, directed by Katharine M. Old, starring Cheryl Forscythe, Jiana Riella, Sarah Rocha, and Shylia Altamirano. The director of that production and author of the play recommend simplicity when staging, allowing details to be limited to the individuals desks. Remember, the theme in the show is the isolation of these women from each other and the rest of the world. Don't let the staging become static—it’s an office, thus directors have plenty of reasons to move the actresses around (filing, mail, coffee, etc.). When creating a set for the show, it is recommended you place Eva in a position where she can ‘hide’ from the audience, since she has to vomit onstage.

§ Themes affair, bulemia, isolation, single motherhood, work place, working mother.

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