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“The Guy Chair”

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Bergman, Steven, American playwright, composer, educator, musical director, 1965-____), “The Guy Chair,”

a 10-minute comedy in English, set in a South Florida shopping mall, U.S.A., 2002,

4m (+1m extra)

; • © 2002 by Steven Bergman; • in Steven Bergman’s The Guy Chair (Milford, Massachusetts, U.S.A.: The Author, 2002); • script/rights available from Steven Bergman, 9 South Cedar Street, Milford, Massachusetts 01757, U.S.A., e-mail eahinc@aol.com, telephone (home) 508-478-8622. • Cited by Steven Bergman via ftp January 4, 2004; Bergman says,

§ Dramatis Personae Murray (m), 65, a Jewish retiree; Juan (m), 25, Hispanic; Herbie (m), 65, a Jewish retiree; Donald (m), 35, average family man ; Man (m extra), 35, family man.

§ Synopsis “We visit the world of ‘the guy chairs’: those areas in the shopping malls made up of chairs in various formations for men to sit in while their significant others are shopping forever and ever. In this world, the men don’t just sit in the chairs, they become the chairs themselves! The only escape from their ‘mall incarceration’ is to be sat on and subsequently replaced by another guy. Today we have four guy chairs: Murray and Herbie, the two ‘lifers’ who have grown old here, Juan, the Hispanic stud, who both questions but accepts his fate, and Donald, the latest addition, who has no idea how he came to be here.

§ Comment “A comedic and sympathetic piece for every man who has ever had to wait for his shopper in the mall. • Four chairs, no set, and minimal staging (the four characters don't move throughout the play) makes ‘The Guy Chair’ a fun addition to an evening of one-acts. The diversity of the stereotypes in this piece make it an entertainment for both the performers and the audience. Written after the author visited the Boca Mall in Boca Raton, Florida, U.S.A., the play was most recently read at the Arlington Center for the Arts in Arlington, Massachusetts, U.S.A.

§ Themes “furniture, male bonding, relationships.”

See also Steven Bergman's

  • Next Season,” a 6-minute comedy in English, set in a restaurant. 2003, 2m (+1m extra)

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