Pearls of Wisdom
Other Plays by D. M. Bocaz-Larson
Bocaz-Larson, D. M. (aka Doug Bocaz-Larson, American playwright, director, 19__-____), “Pearls of Wisdom,”
a __- minute drama in English, set in rural Idaho, U.S.A,
© 2002 by D. M. Bocaz-Larson;
• in D.M. Bocaz-Larson’s Pearls of Wisdom (Grants, New Mexico, U.S.A.: The Author, 19__);
• script/rights available from Doug Bocaz-Larson, Poco Loco Players, Grants, New Mexico 87020, U.S.A., telephone 505-285-4464, firstname.lastname@example.org.
_____ (f), young Idaho woman.
• [excerpt] “TYRANNY (A young Idaho woman standing and staring with excited fascination. A crib is near a chair behind her. Phrases in quotes are done in voices of herself as younger or as other characters in her life). ‘Oh, my heck!’ was all I could say when I first saw him. I’d never seen a man in quite this way before. I’d finally ripened… got my buds and flowered. Boys no longer caught my fancy; I was after a whole hunk of man now. I examined him with a horrific fascination that my mother had warned me about. The church too for that matter. (Mimicking an old lady) ‘Protect your pearls, girls,’ said Sister Sue as she handed us each a little baggy. The baggy held something like a clamshell. Inside each shell was a little pearl. (Pretending to be another young girl) ‘I wonder if it’s real,’ Jennie Lynn asked wide eyed. I looked at my own pearl dipped in Elmer’s glue. (Speaking as her younger self) ‘Not sure,’ I said as I studied it. ‘I think you bite it or something to tell. Saw this murder mystery on TV once. They’d made some kind of drug look like pearls. They crushed the pearl necklace with a tea cup and discovered it.’ Jennie Lynn just gave me a snot nosed upturned look. (Pause. Reflects as her older self) The meaning of the pearl escaped me until now. . . .” — Pearls of Wisdom, http://www.geocities.com/pocolocoplayers/wisdom.html, accessed April 2, 2003.
• Premiered by Love Creek Productions, New York City, at Creative Place Theatre, October, 2002.
• Used by Heather Ware at a drama competition in Iowa City, Iowa, February 14, 15, 2003.
• “Doug has been writing plays since high school and acting since junior high. In 1988, first play 'Nicolas Brooks' had instant success by winning the Youth Division at the Spokane Civic Theatre Forum Festival in Washington State. The writing bug infected Doug and he decided to form his own little theatre group in 1989 called Tailors of the Imagination. At 17, he produced and directed an extended version of Nicolas Brooks and his latest play, a retelling of Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde. In 1990, Doug's play 'A Man and His Plant' was produced at the Spokane Civic Theatre Forum Festival in the adult division. The play went on to win third place in a national contest and then was published by the Dramatic Publishing Company as a part of an anthology Short Stuff for Mature Actors.[Short Stuff: Ten- to Twenty-Minute Plays for Mature Actors, introduced and compiled by Ann McDonough (Woodstock, Illinois, U.S.A.: Dramatic Publishing Company, 1998), ISBN 0871298511, 269 pp.] Doug continued to write as he focused on his career goal of being a teacher. Since 1992, Doug has taught all grade levels from elementary school to college in various locations including Idaho, New Mexico, and South America (Chile). Currently, Doug is a full time instructor at New Mexico State University in Grants [New Mexico, U.S.A.]. In Grants, Doug and his wife Kim started a theatre group called the Poco Loco Players which have successfully produced five shows from 2001-2002 including three mysteries and a melodrama that Doug co-wrote with the other Poco Loco Players.”—Doug’s Bio, http://www.geocities.com/pocolocoplayers/bio.html, accessed April 2, 2003.