A Gothic Tale
Pielmeier, John (American playwright actor, television scriptwriter, 19__-____) “A Gothic Tale,”
a __-minute drama in English, set in the tower of an island mansion, 1984,
© 1984 by John Pielmeier;
• in John Pielmeier’s Haunted Lives: Three Short Plays, acting edition (New York: Dramatists Play Service, 1984), ISBN 0-8222-0503-3, LCCN 84-178246, containing “A Ghost Story,” a __-minute drama, 2m1f; or “A Witch’s Brew,” a __-minute drama, 2m1f;
• 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 by Allen L. Hubby via e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, March 20, 1997; the citation says,
____ (m), __, manservant to Eliza; Isaac (m), __, prisoner; Eliza (f), __, owner of an island mansion.
“. . . [A] woman obsessed by the idea of being loved keeps a man prisoner in the tower of an island mansion. In a succession of scenes the woman, Eliza, and her manservant visit the prisoner, Isaac, warning him that, unless he confesses his love for Eliza, he will die. Finally, just before he expires from starvation, Isaac capitulates whereupon a large cupboard is opened to reveal the ghoulish remains of other men who have preceded him to this sinister place.”
• “Casting flexible: each play calls for 2 men, 1 woman; but full program can be cast with 2-6 men, 1-3 women. Designed as an integrated program, these three studies in the eerie and the sinister explore the spine-tingling possibilities of storytelling on stage. Written by the author of the enormously successful Agnes of God, they are, in a sense, ‘ghost plays’ in which the distinction between the natural and the unnatural, the real and the imagined, is deftly challenged with chilling inventiveness and resourceful theatricality. Each play requires a simple interior, but one set can be modified to serve all three.”
• “John Pielmeier [acted] at Actors Theater of Louisville, The Guthrie Theater, Milwaukee Rep, Alaska Rep, Baltimore’s Center Stage, and the O’Neill National Playwrights’ Conference. . . . A co-winner of the 1979 Great American Play Contest, Agnes [of God] premiered professionally in March 1980 at Actors Theater of Louisville, followed by several regional productions and a seventeen-month run on Broadway. His other plays include ‘Courage,’ a one-man show about J M Barrie that premiered in Louisville, opened the new theater at the Lambs’ Club in New York City, and has been filmed by Kentucky Educational Television; Jass, presented at the O’Neill Playwrights Conference; Young Rube, a musical comedy (with music and lyrics by Matthew Selman) based on the formative years of cartoonist/inventor Rube Goldberg . . . ; and Willi, a one-man show based on the speeches of mountaineer Willi Unsoeld, presented (and performed by the author) . . . to great critical acclaim . . . . For Choices of the Heart, a television movie . . . about the slain American missionaries in El Salvador, he received a Christopher Award, the Humanitas Award, a Writers Guild of America nomination, and an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from St Edward’s University in Austin, Texas. He has written . . . movies for television, as well as the screenplay for the film Agnes of God (Writers Guild nomination). He is a member of The Dramatists’ Guild, The Writers’ Guild of America East, and an alumni member of New Dramatists. He is a past recipient of an N E A grant and a Shubert fellowship . . . . He . . . resides in Garrison, New York.”—John Pielmeier, http://www.broadwayplaypubl.com/pielmeier.htm, accessed June 29, 2002.
bondage, murder, obsession.