Bartok as Dog
Tovatt, Patrick (American playwright, actor, writer, director, producer, December 11, 19__-____), “Bartok as Dog,”
a __-minute comedy-drama in English in four scenes with background music, set in a rough-and-ready San Francisco saloon, ____,
© 1983 by Patrick Tovatt;
• in Patrick Tovatt’s Bartok as Dog, acting edition (New York; Dramatists Play Service, Inc., 1983), ISBN 0-8222-0097-X, 31 pp., DPS 932;
• 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, 1983-1987: An Index to 3,964 Plays, edited by Juliette Yaakov (____-____) and John Greenfieldt (New York: The H. W. Wilson Company, 1988), ISSN 0554-3037, LCCN 64-1054, 522 pp.
• Also, cited by Allen L. Hubby via e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, March 20, 1997; the citation says,
Parsons (m), avocational photographer; 35; lie detector administrator (m); Lois (f), his girlfriend, a rising young corporate executive; older interviewer (f).
“Parsons, still lacking direction at the age of 35, attempts to ‘reenter the mainstream’ although he wants a night job so that the days will still be free to pursue his avocation of photography. As the play begins he is undergoing a lie detector test, an hilarious if dehumanizing experience which he fails handily. Returning home to a cold beer and Bartok played loudly on the phonograph Parsons is given grudging sympathy by his girlfriend Lois, a rising young corporate executive who is paying all the bills but beginning to lose patience with her lover’s lackadaisical attitude. Parson’s next interview is with a rather rigid older lady who quickly makes it known her feeling that Parsons is strictly a dilettante who doesn’t really want to work at all and who grumpily sends him on his way. Home again Parsons finds that his relationship with Lois is in trouble too, when she informs him that she has a date that evening and that it might be better if he was gone when she returns. As the play ends Parsons’ fate is sealed, with only the music of Bartok (the composer) and thoughts of Bartok (his much loved dog) to give him solace in a world which has little patience with dreamers.
“Photographer, a perennial dreamer, faces harsh realities as he attempts to secure ‘mainstream’ job.”—Yaakov and Greenfieldt, p. 372.
• Background music.
• “First presented by the Actors Theatre of Louisville at both the ’82 Shorts and ’83 Humana Festivals. A wry and delightfully offbeat study of one man’s losing battle to survive, personally and professionally, in a scaled-down job market where both sexes compete on a equal basis for power and position.”
• “Patrick Tovatt . . . has participated in nearly 200 stage and television productions. On stage, Tovatt appeared on Broadway in the Tony Award-winning revival of Our Town. He was a member of the original company of the American Conservatory Theatre (ACT) in San Francisco and spent parts of 14 seasons with the Actors Theatre in Louisville. Among the numerous produced pays that Tovatt has written are the Heideman Award-winning Husbandry which was performed at the Manhattan Theatre Club and was published by Samuel French, Inc.; and Bartok As Dog which was published by Dramatists Play Service and selected for Best Plays of 1984. Tovatt was the founding director of The Virginia Stage Company. He has also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Theatre Communications Group in New York, whose publications include the American Theatre and which acts as an advisory service and lobbying group on behalf of American theater and the arts. Tovatt's television credits include contract roles on the daytime dramas Another World and Search for Tomorrow. He has also appeared in the mini-series Roots and the series Designing Women and worked as a contract actor for Universal, for which he appeared in many primetime series. . . . Tovatt was born in Garrett Ridge, CO . . . . He began acting, writing and directing for theater while attending high school in Muncie, IN. Tovatt attended Harvard and transferred to Antioch, where he studied playwriting. He later studied directing at The London Film School.”—ATWT [As the World Turns]Cast - Patrick Tovatt, http://www.soap-news.com/atwt/a/tovatt.htm, accessed August 4, 2002.
Bela Bartok [1881-1945, Hungarian composer], career, dependence, dreamer, interview, lie detector, mainstream, photography.