An American Sunset
Prideaux, James (American playwright, 19__-____),
“An American Sunset,” a __-minute bizarre comedy in English, set in the office of Grassy Acres Country Club, possibly 1973,
© 1973 by James Prideaux;
• in James Prideaux’s Stuffings and An American Sunset: Two Plays, acting edition (New York: Dramatists Play Service, Inc., 1973), ISBN 0-8222-0037-6, DPS 750, containing “Stuffings,” a __-minute comedy, 2m1f and DPS 865;
• also, in The Best Short Plays 1974, Best Short Plays Series, edited by Stanley Richards (Radnor, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.: Chilton Book Company, 1974), ISBN 0801958873, LCCN 388006;
• script/rights available from Dramatists Play Service, Inc., 440 Park Avenue South, New York City, New York 10016, U.S.A., telephone 212-683-8960, fax 212-213-1539, http://www.dramatists.com.
• Cited in Play Index 1973-1977: An Index to 3,848 Plays, edited by Estelle A. Fidell (New York: The H. W. Wilson Company, 1978), ISSN 0554-3037, LCCN 64-1054, p. 266.
• Cited by Allen L. Hubby via e-mail email@example.com, March 20, 1997; the citation says,
Miss Potter (f), 45, membership secretary at Grassy Acres Country Club; Mrs. Stonewell (f), 55[?], head of the admissions committee; Mr. Upton (m), interviewee.
“In her many years as membership secretary at Grassy Acres Country Club, Miss Potter has worked with dedication to limit applications to the ‘right people’ only. So she and Mrs. Stonewell (head of the admissions committee) have no qualms about interviewing young Mr. Upton, who has impeccable family and social credentials to recommend him. But while he passes muster easily, Mr. Upton then flabbergasts them by announcing that his mission is not to get into the club but to stay out! In fact he is opposed to all that the club stands for. The penalty for this breach is, of course, death, which the well-bred Upton accepts with obedient calm. But here too a surprise is in store, as he shortly rises from the ‘dead,’ leaving Mrs. Stonewell in shock, and the chastened Miss Potter to long thoughts as to who the right people, and the best values, really are.
• “Imaginative in concept and style, this perceptive, bizarre comedy deflates the silly pretensions and snobbery of the ‘country club set’ with devastating and delightful accuracy.”
• Elsewhere published with and can pair with “Lemonade,” a __-minute comedy-drama, 2f.
country club, death, interview, social credentials.