Patrick, Robert (aka Robert Patrick O’Connor, American playwright, poet, columnist, September 27, 1937-____), “Pouf Positive,”
a __-minute 20-minute drama in English, set in Greenwich Village, New York City, 1980s,
© 1986 by Robert Patrick;
• in Robert Patrick’s Untold Decades: Seven Comedies of Gay Romance, 1st edition, introduction by Harvey Fierstein; foreword by William M. Hoffman, Stonewall Inn editions (New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1988), ISBN 0312034474, ISBN 0312023073, LCCN 88017667, 212 pp., containing “Bill Batchelor Road, a drama, 3m,” “Fairy Tale,” a __-minute drama, 2m + extras; “Fog,” a __-minute drama, 2m + extras; “Odd Number,” a __-minute drama, 3m; “One of Those People,” a __-minute drama, 2m; “Pouf Positive,” a __-minute drama, 1m; “The River Jordan,” a __-minute drama, 4m;
• script/rights available from source listed in Patrick’s Untold Decades anthology;
• contact Robert Patrick, 1837 North Alexandria Avenue, #211, Los Angeles, California 90027, U.S.A., e-mail email@example.com.
• 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.
Robin (m), gay man dying from AIDS.
“Gay man with AIDS reminisces on telephone with ex-lover.”—Yaakov and Greenfieldt, p. 302.
“In a Manhattan flat across the street from the former famous sex-bar, the International Stud, gallant Robin faces inevitable death from AIDS. His former lover phones and wants to be sad and sentimental, but Robin insists on dying as he has lived, with wit and courage.”—On the Purple Circuit, http://www.buddybuddy.com/pc-writ.html, accessed February 19, 2003.
• Premiered 1986.
• The Robert Patrick Manuscript Collection is in Lincoln Center Library of the Performing Arts, New York City.
• “Influential in both the Off-Off Broadway and the gay theatre movements, Robert Patrick is one of the United States’ most prolific and versatile playwrights, with about 75 published scripts and well over 100 produced plays (over 130 by 1975). He began his theatrical career at the legendary Caffe Cino, the tiny coffeehouse in New York’s Greenwich Village which was the first and among the most influential and important of the early Off-Off Broadway theatres. His style ranges broadly, from traditional and realistic to highly experimental; like many in the Off-Off Broadway theatre of the 1960s, he began writing in the one-act form, though he is now best known for his full-length play, Kennedy’s Children (1975).”—Robert Patrick Bio by Wendell Stone, http://hometown.aol.com/rbrtptrck/myhomepage/photo.html, accessed February 19, 2003.
AIDS, homosexuality, past love, reminiscence, telephone.