Presenting Arnold Bliss/A Commercial
Patrick, Robert (aka Robert Patrick O’Connor, American playwright, poet, columnist, September 27, 1937-____), “Presenting Arnold Bliss/A Commercial,”
a __-minute farce sketch in English, set in a TV screen, 1969,
© 1969 by Robert Patrick;
• in Robert Patrick’s comedy suite Lights, Camera, Action (New York: Samuel French, Inc., 1969), containing “Presenting Arnold Bliss/A Commercial,” “Action,” a __-minute comedy, 2m2f; “The • Actor and the Invader,” a __-minute farce sketch, 2m; “The Arnold Bliss Show,” a __-minute quartet of farce sketches, 3m1f; “Arnold’s Big Break,” a __-minute farce sketch, 3m1f; “Camera Obscura,” a __-minute science-fiction comedy, 1m1f; “Help, I Am,” a __-minute drama, 1m; “La Répétition,” a __-minute farce sketch, 3m1f; “Lights,” a __-minute comedy, 2m2f; “One Person,” a __-minute bare-stage monodrama, 1m; “Preggin and Liss,” a __-minute tragicomedy, 2m; or “The Richest Girl in the World Finds Happiness,” a __-minute verse farce, 1m3f;
• also, in Robert Patrick’s Cheep Theatricks: The Winter Repertory 5, general editor Michael Feingold, introduced by Lanford Wilson (New York: Winter House, Ltd., 1972);
• script/rights available from Samuel French, Inc., 45 West 45th Street, New York, New York 10010-2751, U.S.A., telephone 212-206-8990, fax 212-206-1429, http://www.samuelfrench.com; Samuel French, Inc. 7623 Sunset Boulevard, Dept. W, Hollywood, California 90046-2785, U.S.A., telephone 213-876-0570; fax 323-876-6822; Samuel French, Inc. 11963 Ventura Boulevard, Studio City, California 91604, U.S.A., telephone 818-762-0535, Samuel French (Canada) Ltd. 100 Lombard Street, Dept. W, Toronto, Ontario M5C 1M3, Canada, telephone 416-363-3536, fax 416 363-1108; Samuel French, Ltd. 52 Fitzroy Street-Dept. W, London W1P 6JR, England, telephone (44207) 387-9373, fax (44207) 387-2161, http://www.samuelfrench-london.co.uk/sf/Pages/acted/sfactingeds.html, SF 3655;
• contact Robert Patrick, 1837 North Alexandria Avenue, #211, Los Angeles, California 90027, U.S.A., e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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• Premiered in 1969.
• 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.