Other Plays by Stephen Black
Black, Stephen (American playwright, ____-____), “The Pokey,”
a __-minute drama in English, set in the jail of a small Texas town, U.S.A.
© ____ by Stephen Black;
• in Stephen Black’s The Pokey (New York: Dramatists Play Service, Inc., ____);
• script/rights available from Dramatists Play Service, Inc., 440 Park Avenue South, New York City, New York, 212-683-8960, fax 212-213-1539.
• 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. 28.
_____ (m), young jailer; _____ (f), famous female rock star.
“Small town Texas jail scenes of famous female rock star’s encounter with jailer, a self-contained young man immune to her taunts and unimpressed by her popularity.”—Fidell, 28.
"Waking up in the jail of a small Texas town, hungover from the excesses of the night before, an irrepressible young rock star tries to strike up a conversation with her jailer. She is a public person—brash, earthy and demonstrative while he is a very private, self-contained young man who refuses to be impressed by her taunts and boasting. But gradually, as their defenses lower, and they begin to sense that they have more in common than their respective role-playing might indicate, the two achieve a kind of intimacy and harmony. When she is finally picked up by a colleague they are suddenly strangers again—but we know that both have been changed, and more than they might realize by their encounter." —Dramatists Play Service, Inc., http://www.dramatists.com, accessed June 25, 2006.
• Available in manuscript only.
• Not to be confused with Stephen Black (playwright, 1880-1931), author of Three Plays, Publication series . . . of the Centre for S.A. Theatre Research, no. 8, edited by Stephen Gray (1941-____) (Craighall: Ad. Donker, 1984), ISBN 0868520330.
• Research could include Stephen Black’s The Golden Calf: A Drama of the Diamond Fields . . . (London:, n.p., n.d.), LCCN tmp91-179.
• Could pair with William Saroyan’s “Hello Out There,” a beautiful, long one-act drama.
celebrity, fame, first encounter, jail, rock and roll, self-containment, small town, stardom, taunt, Texas, youth.