A Balloon Ride for Three
Other Plays by Joseph A. Strauss
Strauss, Joseph A. (American playwright, free-lance artist, puppeteer, South Pacific area traveler, 1945-____), “A Balloon Ride for Three,”
a 6-minute comedy in English, set in a hot air balloon basket on a picture-perfect post card island, 11:00 a.m., 1998,
© 1998 by Joe A. Strauss;
• in Joe A. Strauss’ A Balloon Ride for Three (Truckee, California, U.S.A.: The Author, 1998);
• script/rights available from Joseph A. Strauss, 5 Kiwi Street, Waiheke Island, Auckland, New Zealand, e-mail email@example.com, telephone (09) 72-6970 New Zealand.
• Cited by Joe A. Strauss via ftp June 16, 2001; Strauss says,
Ron (m), 32, spouse of Jane, self-employed; Captain John (m), pilot of the hot air balloon, Balloons Forever; Jane (f), 28, spouse of Ron, self-employed; Narrator (m or f).
“In a hot air balloon basket, Ron and Jane discuss their life plans with pilot Captain John. Then Captain John reads lyric verses to Jane. Rain clouds appear. Thunder sounds from distant lightning.
• “Poetic virtue does have its rewards.
• Props include an emergency siren. Effects include thunder and lightning. The production uses a narrator for the opening and for closing comments on what the characters finally do.
• “This play could be adapted for three puppets with a narrator at the beginning and end.
• “The playwright does his own art work, such as a poster for the play, pencil drawings, and color pencil scenes: ‘I do like to create art for any of my plays.’ ‘I can do short music inserts for any of my plays. Some of the music I use is in the 1920s and ’30s.’”
balloon travel, changeable heart, hot air balloon basket, lightning, poetry, reward, storm, thunder, virtue.