Schrum, Stephen A. (American playwright, assistant professor of communication and drama, 1957-____), "Abducted!"
a 20-minute drama in English set in a detective questioning room, 1995,
© 1995 by Stephen A. Schrum;
• in Stephen A. Schrum's Abducted! (Greensburg, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.: The Author, 1995);
• Cited by Stephen A. Schrum via e-mail, May 15, 2007; Schrum says,
The Detective (m), homicide investigator; _____ (m), _____; Mrs. Ross (f), mother of two.
“The Detective has asked Mrs. Ross to come to the station to ask her a few more questions about her case. She claims to have been abducted by evil space aliens; and although she was returned, her two children were not. As the Detective asks more and more questions, he finds that there are more and more inconsistencies in the answers. Finally, information on the lake provides the necessary clue, and the police finds Mrs. Ross' car in a lake with the two children dead in the backseat. The Detective presents all the evidence to her, and asks again, 'Why did you kill your children?' She pauses, then finally she admits she did it for her boyfriend. 'He said he wanted to marry me, and have a child with me. He said that my kids weren't his kids, and that we should have our own. I wanted everything to be perfect this time around. My first marriage didn't work. We should never have gotten married. We were too young. But I got pregnant. And we thought we could work it out. So we got married. And then things got a little shaky, and I thought, if I could have another baby, then maybe things would be okay. And so I got pregnant again. But that only made things worse. And I thought about what Carl said, and I realized that he would never really love my kids. And I realized that all the problems from my first marriage were because of the kids. It was their fault. And so I had to start over. I'd marry Carl and we'd have our own kids and everything would be perfect.' She is arrested for the murder of her two children and taken offstage.”
• Stephen M. Schrum obtained his B.A. at Temple University; his M.A. at The Ohio State University; his Ph.D. at University of California/Berkeley (1996).
• “Stephen A. Schrum, with a Ph.D. in Dramatic Art from the University of California, Berkeley, is, as of Fall 2005, Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, teaching courses in Theatre, and directing campus theatre productions. With an interest in digital filmmaking, he is looking forward to advising Interdisciplinary Arts Capstone projects. Professionally, he has chaired panels and has presented at national and international conferences, including the Association of Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE). He edited Theatre in Cyberspace: Issues of Teaching, Acting and Directing, and is currently working on a book merging Antonin Artaud's Theatre of Cruelty and the technology of Virtual Reality. Steve is also a writer, and has written play scripts (one-acts and musical adaptations of Henrik Ibsen’s Peer Gynt and Euripides’ Iphigenia in Aulis/Tauris) and screenplays. He is presently seeking a publisher for a book of short stories, entitled Buttcracks and Willful Ignorance: Monologues, Dialogues and Other Stories.
• Research could include Stephen A. Schrum’s Theatre in Cyberspace: Issues of Teaching, Acting and Directing, American University Studies Series Xxvi Theatre Arts (New York: Peter Lang Publishing, 1999), 294 pp., ISBN 0820441406, ISBN 978-0820441405; "This volume of essays presents information from some of the pioneers in the field of cyberspace theatre who write of their work in both theoretical and practical terms, thus creating a kind of Theatre and Its Double for computers and theatre.”—from the Introduction.
abduction, alibi, arrest, blame, death, disappearance, extraterrestrial, family, infanticide, infidelity, interrogation, kidnapping, lake, marriage, murder, parenting, passion, police, police station, pregnancy, space alien, suspicion.