Cottrell, Susan C. (American playwright, ____-____), “But Listen!”
a __-minute comedy in English, set in a divided interior, 1976,
© 1976 by Susan C. Cottrell;
• in Susan C. Cottrell’s But Listen! (Woodstock, Illinois 60098, U.S.A.: Dramatic Publishing Company, 1976), 16 pp., ISBN 0871294052, B35;
• script/rights available from The Dramatic Publishing Company, P. O. Box 129, 311 Washington Street, Woodstock, Illinois 60098, U.S.A., telephone 800-HIT-SHOW, fax 800-334-5302, DPC B35, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.dramaticpublishing.com/catalogdetail.cfm?listcode=B35.
• 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. 72.
_____ (m), anonymous phone caller; _____ (m), _____; _____ (f), receptionist _____ (f), receptionist replacement.
“An anonymous phone caller is trying desperately to report that a bomb has been planted in the courthouse but his call is put on hold. He tries again but he’s thwarted at every turn by a receptionist who is expert at transferring calls. Time is running out. The receptionist goes on her coffee break, leaving the caller to a new employee whose only skill is listening. There’s at least a chance to save everyone.”—Catalog of Plays and Musicals (Woodstock, Illinois, U.S.A.: Dramatic Publishing Company, 1996), p. 312., and Details . . . , http://www.dramaticpublishing.com, accessed March 2, 2006.
“Would-be telephone bomb threat is thwarted by exaggerated office protocol.”—Fidell, 72.
Divided interior set
anonymity, bomb, call transfer, coffee break, countdown, courthouse, desperation, expert, listening, on hold, phone caller, receptionist, replacement, report, rescue, terrorism, thwarting.
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