Other Plays by Ronald Kidd
Kidd, Ronald (American playwright, writer, book and audio producer, 1948-____), “Shaker Loops,”
a 20-minute bare-stage comedy-drama in English, set in Louisville, Kentucky, 1997,
© 1994 by Ronald Kidd;
• in Ronald Kidd’s Shaker Loops (Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.A.: The Author, 1994);
• script/rights available from Judy Boals, Berman, Boals & Flynn, 225 Lafayette Street, #1207, New York City 10012, New York, U.S.A., telephone 212-966-8339;
• Cited by playwright via ftp, September 3, 1997; Kidd says,
_____ (m), __, a newspaperman; _____ (m), __, a salesman; _____ (f), __, an elderly Shaker woman; _____ (f), __, imagines herself to be the last Shaker.
“The chanted lyrics of Shaker hymns, overlapping and ‘looping’ back upon themselves, announce the theme in a brief opening scene. Each of the three subsequent scenes presents a variation on that Shaker theme: (1) an encounter between an elderly Shaker woman and a newspaperman who has come to interview her; (2) a monolog by a woman who imagines herself to be the last Shaker; (3) a presentation by a salesman introducing his new ‘Shaker Fifth Avenue’ line of furniture. The opening theme repeats as the play closes.
“'Shaker Loops' is a theme-and-variations for the stage. The theme is announced in a brief opening scene, in the form of chanted lyrics to Shaker hymns, overlapping and ‘looping’ back upon themselves. Each of the three subsequent scenes presents a variation on that Shaker theme: (1) an encounter between an elderly Shaker woman and a newspaperman who has come to interview her; (2) a monolog by a woman who imagines herself to be the last Shaker; and (3) a presentation by a salesman introducing his new ‘Shaker Fifth Avenue’ line of furniture. The opening theme is repeated as the play closes.”—Ronald Kidd, http://www.ronaldkidd.com/plays.html, accessed January 5, 2007.
• Finalist, Nantucket Short Play Competition, 1994.
• “Looking back on my career as a writer, I realize that I’ve actually had three careers. As a young man, I wrote juvenile and young adult novels that were light, entertaining, and fun. I wrote seven of them—comedies, mysteries, sports stories, science fiction—and enjoyed every one. I especially liked dreaming up unusual, eccentric characters, such as Splat, a wisecracking tuba player who loves Mahler and solves mysteries in a youth orchestra; and Sammy Carducci, an eleven-year-old kid who wears a suit, tie, and sneakers and thinks he’s an authority on women. After writing books for a while, I found myself growing restless. I wanted to try something different, and I found it in the theater. For years I wrote plays, most of them for adults. In the process I learned that humor could be serious and that I had important things I wanted to say. I wrote about major league umpires and integrity; about a child actor, childlike parents, and home; about Shakers, artists, and trumpet players. I collaborated on a musical theater piece and two children’s operas, including How the Trumpet Got Its Toot, premiered in 2004 by the Utah Opera. Most recently, I’ve rediscovered books and a love of history, resulting in Monkey Town: The Summer of the Scopes Trial, my first novel in fifteen years. I like to think that in my third career I’ve combined the best elements of the previous two, writing about serious themes such as love, trust, and honesty in stories that are both compelling and enjoyable—stories that I would like to read. I’ve written a second historical novel and have begun work on a third. I’m hoping that this career will be my best and that I’ll be writing historical fiction for a long time. In addition to writing, I edit books and produce audio and video programs. I started out in educational publishing, joined Walt Disney Records as director of product development, and ended up in my current position, senior editor of general interest resources at the United Methodist Publishing House. After spending most of my life in Los Angeles, I moved to Nashville sixteen years ago, where I live happily with my wife Yvonne Martin Kidd and my eight-year-old daughter Maggie, who prefers that you call her Marguerita Emily Martin Kidd.”—Ronald Kidd, http://www.ronaldkidd.com/life.html, accessed January 5, 2007.
• Research could include AllShops.com—Shaker, http://www.allshops.com/Housewares/Furniture/Home_Furniture/Living_Room_Furniture/Shaker/index.html.
• Also, research could include Shaker Village Music and Dance, http://www.shakervillageky.org/shakervillage/music.html.
• Also, research could include U.N.H. Shaker Individual Manuscripts, http://wwwsc.library.unh.edu/specoll/mancoll/shakman.htm.
• Page updated September 4, 1997, March 13, 2001, updated August 14, 2009, by the site Webmaster.
furniture, hymn, journalism, reality, religion, sales, Shaker.