Vachss, Andrew (aka Andrew Henry Vachss, American playwright, novelist, nonfiction author, short story writer, juvenile criminologist, child abuse consultant, and attorney, October 19, 1942-____), “Placebo: A Monologue,”
a __-minute drama in English, set in _____, 1991,
© 1991 by Andrew Vachss; • in Antaeus: Plays in One Act, no. 66, spring, 1991, Antæus [Ecco Press], edited by Daniel Halpern, ISBN 0-88001-268-4, ISBN 088145-056-1, ISSN 0003-5319, 502 pp.; • also, in Plays in One Act, edited by Daniel Halpern (Hopewell, New Jersey, U.S.A.: The Ecco Press, 1991), ISBN 0-88001-305-2, containing Lynne Alvarez’ “On Sundays,”, a fantasy drama, 1m1f + m or f nonspeaking beast; Robert Auletta’s “Stops,” a drama, 2m2f; Amiri Baraka’s [aka LeRoi Jones] “Jack Pot Melting: A Commercial,” a comedy, 2m2f; Christopher Durang’s “Naomi in the Living Room,” a drama, 1m2f; Richard Ford’s “American Tropical,” a drama, 1m2f; Maria Irene Fornes’ “Springtime,” a drama, 1m2f; A. R. Gurney, Jr.’s “The Problem,” a comedy, 1m1f; David Hare’s “The Bay at Nice,” a drama, 2m2f; Václav Havel’s “Protest,” a drama, 2m; Beth Henley’s “Am I Blue,” a comedy, 1m2f + 2m and 2f extras; Gert Hofmann’s “Our Man in Madras,” a comedy, 1m1f; Tina Howe’s “Teeth,” a comedy, 1m1f + voice of radio announcer; Adrienne Kennedy’s “She Talks to Beethoven,” a drama, 1m1f + frequent voices; Harry Kondoleon’s “Linda Her,”an absurdist comedy, 1m3f, 1f is girl; Arthur Kopit’s “Success,” a comedy, 1m2f; Romulus Linney’s “Can Can,” a comedy-drama, 1m3f; David Mamet’s “A Life with No Joy in It,” a drama, 1m1f; Grace McKeaney’s “Chicks,” a comedy, 1f; Cassandra Medley’s “Waking Women,” a drama, 1f; Arthur Miller’s “The Last Yankee,” a drama, 2m; Joyce Carol Oates’ “Tone Clusters,” a tragicomedy, 1m1f + m voice; James Purdy’s “Heatstroke,” a drama, 1m1f; Sam Shepard’s “Excerpts from Slave of the Camera,” a drama, 1m; Perry Souchuk’s “The Pleasure of Detachment,” a drama, 1m2f; Tom Stoppard and Clive Exton’s “The Boundary,” a comedy, 2m1f + voices; Andrew Vachss’ “Placebo: A Monologue,” Wendy Wasserstein’s “Tender Offer,” a drama, 1m1f; Tennessee Williams’ “The Chalky White Substance,” a drama, 2m; August Wilson’s “Testimonies: Four Monologues,” a drama, 1m or 2m; and Lanford Wilson’s “The Moonshot Tape,” a drama, 1f; • script/rights available from source named in the Halpern anthology, c/o The Ecco Press, HarperCollins Publishers, 10 East 53rd Street, New York, New York 10022, U.S.A., telephone 212-207-7847.
• Cited in Play Index, 1988-1992: An Index to 4,397 Plays, edited by Juliette Yaakov (____-____) and John Greenfieldt (____-____) (New York: The H. W. Wilson Company, 1993), ISSN 0554-3037, LCCN 64-1054, 542 pp.
_____ (m), janitor.
“Janitor makes plans for stopping therapist who he believes has been abusing a child.”—Yaakov and Greenfieldt, p. 396.
Originally appeared as a short story in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, March, 1989, ISSN 0013-6328. • “VACHSS, ANDREW HENRY, lawyer, author, juvenile justice and child abuse consultant; b. N.Y.C., Oct. 19, 1942; s. Bernard and Geraldine (Mattus) V. BA, Case Western Res. U., 1965; JD magna cum laude, New Engl. Sch. Law, 1975. Bar: N.Y. 1976, U.S. Dist. Ct. (so. and ea. dists.) N.Y. 1976. Program rep. USPHS, Ohio, 1965-66; unit supr N.Y.C. Dept. Social Svcs., 1966-69; urban coord. Community Develop. Found., Norwalk, Conn., 1969-70; dir. Uptown Community Orgn., Chgo., 1970-71; dep. dir. Medfield (Mass.)-Norfolk Prison Project, 1971-72; dir. intensive treatment unit ANDROS II, Roslindale, Mass., 1972-73; project dir. Mass. Dept. Youth Svcs., Boston, 1972-73; dir. Juvenile Justice Planning Project, N.Y.C., 1975-85; pvt. practice N.Y.C., 1976—; organizer, coord. Calumet (Ind.) Community Congress, 1970; bd. dirs. Libra Inc., Cambridge, Mass., Advocacy Assocs., N.Y. and N.J.; adj. prof. Coll. New Resources, N.Y.C., 1980-81; lectr. trainer, speaker to numerous orgns.; cons. on juvenile justice and child abuse to numerous orgns., 1971—. Author: The Life-Style Violent Juvenile: The Secure Treatment Approach, 1979, (novels) Flood, 1985, Strega, 1987, Blue Belle, 1988, Hard Candy, 1989, Blossom, 1990, Sacrifice, 1991, Shella, 1993, Another Chance To Get It Right, 1995, Down in the Zero, 1994, Footsteps of the Hawk, 1995, Batman: The Ultimate Evil, 1995, False Allegations, 1996, Safe House, 1998, Choice of Evil, 1999, Dead and Gone, 2000, Pain Management, 2001, Only Child, 2002, (graphic novels) Predator: Race War, 1995, (audiobook) Proving It, 2001, short stories; editor-in-chief New Eng. Law Rev., 1974-75; contbg. editor Parade; contbr. articles to legal publs. Bd. of counselors, Childtrauma Acad., Baylor Coll. of Medicine; mem. expert adv. panel on catastrophic child abuse N.Y. State Office of Mental Health. Recipient Grand Prix de Lit. Policiére, 1988, Falcon award Maltese Falcon Soc. Japan, 1988, Deutschen Krimi Preis, Die Jury des Bochumer Krimi Archivs, 1989, Raymond Chandler award Giurìa a Noir Festival, 2000; Indsl. Area Found. Tng. Inst. fellow, 1970-71, John Hay Whitney Found. fellow, 1976-77. Mem. PEN, Writers Guild of Am. Office: Ste 2805 420 Lexington Ave New York NY 10170-2899.”—Andrew Vachss - Who's Who in America 2003 : The Zero 5.0laf - The Official Website of Andrew Vachss, http://www.vachss.com/vachss/whoswho2.html, accessed May 25, 2003.
child abuse, psychotherapy, witness.