S.N.A.G (Sensitive New Age Guy)
Other Plays by Tobsha Learner
Learner, Tobsha (Australian playwright, novelist, screen writer, 1959-____), “S.N.A.G (Sensitive New Age Guy),”
a 70-minute comedy in English, set in _____, Australia, 1990,
© 1990 by Tobsha Learner;
• in Tobsha Learner’s S.N.A.G (Sensitive New Age Guy) (Hobart, Tasmania, Australia: The Author, 1990);
• script/rights available through The Australian Script Centre, 77 Salamanca Place, Hobart, Tasmania 7000, Australia, telephone (03) 6223 4675, fax (03) 6223 4678, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lloyd (m), 34, advertising executive.
“Lloyd, a 34-year-old advertising executive was happily married, until he caught his wife in bed with his twin sister. As Lloyd steps out into the condom clad world of singular living he discovers his whole concept of masculinity severely challenged.
• “Dedicated to all those men who aren't afraid to hate quiche, 'S.N A.G.' is a comedy for all the family especially those who wore flares the first time around.” Audience age is adult.—Script Search, http://www.verdant.com.au/ozscript/search.asp, accessed August 24, 2002.
• “Tobsha Learner was born in the United Kingdom and has lived in the UK, US and Australia. She has worked extensively for stage, television, radio and film. Among her plays are the highly acclaimed Glass Mermaid and Wolf. Her first collection of short stories was published under the title Quiver, and her first full-length novel, Madonna Mars was recently published.”—Penguin Books Australia - What's New, http://www.penguin.com.au/authors/author-author-profile.cfm?AuthorId=0000001080, accessed August 26, 2002.
• “Tobsha Learner tells why she believes her latest book [Soul] to be her most cerebral. Defensive and humourless, Tobsha Learner is intense. Very intense. The former sculptor turned playwright and novelist is chatting about her latest book, Soul, and it's one long roller-coaster of an awkward conversation. Especially when asked about sex. This is surprising as Learner is probably best known for writing erotica, such as her first collection of short stories, Quiver, which sold 150,000 copies when it came out in 1996. Her latest novel, Soul, has several of the graphic sex scenes her fans and detractors have come to expect: hungry exchanges and acrobatic couplings that are unquotable in this newspaper. Asked whether she enjoys writing erotica, Learner does not reply. I ask if the sex scenes are difficult to compose. ‘Most writers will tell you sex scenes are difficult to write. (With) Soul, the physicality between the characters is a natural extension of their relationships and is in context of the narrative. The only book I have written that is pure erotica was Quiver and that was 11 years ago. More recently, my short story collection Tremble I regard as really more a fusion of myth and sensuality; a lot of the sex in Tremble has a mythical and at times metaphysical aspect, as well as a great deal of humour.’ In short, Learner doesn't won't to be labelled a sex writer. Speaking from her London home, Learner proves prickly. One minute, she's furtive and snappy; the next, expansive and friendly; then, just as unexpectedly, closed off. It is an hour packed with inconsistencies. At the beginning, she claims to be well pleased with Soul: ‘Yes, I am happy with it. It was an interesting (writing) process. Structurally it was very challenging (but) I'm happy with its seamlessness.’ Towards the end of our chat, in wistful frustration, she says, ‘I'm obsessive and fiercely self-critical. I am never happy with anything I've written. It can drive me mad.’” [Lily Bragge, September 24, 2006]”—Sex on the brain - Books - Entertainment - theage.com.au, http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2006/09/22/1158431885624.html, accessed September 8, 2008.
• Research could include Tobsha Learner’s Quiver: A Book of Erotic Tales (New York: Plume, 1998), 224 pp., ISBN 0452279844, ISBN 978-0452279841.
• Also, research could include Peta Tait and Elizabeth Schafer’s Australian Women’s Drama: Texts and Feminisms (Sidney, Australia: Currency Press, 1997), ISBN 0 86819 497 2, a survey of Australian women’s writing for theatre from 1971 to 1996; this anthology charts feminist thinking over twenty-five years.
brother-sister relationship, divorce, infidelity, Lesbianism, marriage, New Age, separation, twins.