Aliens! 3 Miles, Turn Left
Schrum, Stephen A. (American playwright, assistant professor of communication and drama, 1957-____), "Aliens! 3 Miles, Turn Left,"
a 15-minute comic monologue in English set in a farmhouse living room, 1995,
© 1995 by Stephen A. Schrum;
• in Stephen A. Schrum's Aliens! 3 Miles, Turn Left (Greensburg, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.: The Author, 1995);
• Cited by Stephen A. Schrum via e-mail, June 7, 1996; Schrum says,
_____ (m), couch potato.
“A man is sitting at home, watching the Tonight Show. He complains about seeing the same guests all the time. Then he realizes that soon, when his plans work out, he'll be a guest on the talk shows, like-like Oprah! And he imagines being interviewed by Oprah, talking about his life, and marriage and job, all pretty tame-until they came. One night, while driving home from his weekly poker game, he saw lights in the field, and went to investigate. He found aliens, panicked and shot them. Then he realized: he could have them stuffed, and put them and their ship on display, like a roadside museum. He gets all the souvenirs—I Saw the Aliens t-shirts, caps, mugs, keychains, everything. He's ready for the opening this weekend. He will make lots of money, then his wife (who left him in all this craziness) will come back to him. He goes to the kitchen to get another beer before bed. While he is out of the room, strange lights appear, the electricity goes off. When the power returns, he finds the stuffed alien in the living room is gone.
• “Special requirement: alien (mannequin) dressed in cycling outfit and helmet.”
• 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.
alien, death, desertion, disappearance, exterrestrial, murder, museum, television, rescue, space alien, visitation.