Crawford, David (aka David Wright Crawford, American playwright, 1951-____), “Squaring,”
a __-minute drama in English, set on the Childress farm, Estelline, Texas, U.S.A. ____,
© 1999 by David Crawford;
• in David Crawford’s Squaring (Studio City, California, U.S.A.: Players Press, 1999), ISBN 0887348386, LCCN 99026182;
• script/rights available from Players Press, P.O. Box 1132, Studio City, California 91614-0132, U.S.A., telephone 818-789-4980;
• contact Dr. David Crawford, Speech & Theater Program, Tyler Junior College, P.O. Box 9020, Tyler, Texas 75711, U.S.A., telephone 903-510-2211, toll free 800-687-5680x2211, fax 903-510-2800, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.tjc.edu/theatre.
Rick Childress (m), 45, husband; Rafael (m), a periodic hired hand; Aggy Taylor (f), a transplant from the Kansas wheat fields.
“Now in his mid-forties, Rick Childress has become a legend in his farming community as a crusty loner with a seemingly bottomless knowledge of cotton and the land. His farm is the epitome of success and his sole purpose now is to give his total attention to her. Resolute, determined-to-a-fault, proud, and a self-made hermit, Rick’s only companion in life is Rafael, a periodic hired hand. This is the life he’s made peace with until the new County extension agent arrives for a visit in the guise of Aggy Taylor, a transplant from the Kansas wheat fields. She is as forward and extroverted as he is reclusive and the legendary stories of the neighboring farmers about the hermit farmer intrigue her. Her presence and her curiosity act as fingernails on a chalkboard to Rick who seeks the fastest and most expedient method to rid the farm of her. His quandary is magnified when she discovers his personal collection of writings, poetry he has composed in an effort to deal with the ghosts of his past. Through his anger and resentment about her intrusion, much less his distaste for county extension agents, he discovers she, too, has a painful past life on a farm. His interest piqued, he must decide if there is enough room for anyone else to share his love of the farm.”—Plays by Dr. David Crawford - Speech and Theatre - Tyler Junior College, http://www.tyler.cc.tx.us/theatre/crawford/cplays.htm, accessed January 14, 2007.
Harvest: A Texas High Plains Trilogy (containing “Squaring”), winner of the 2005 TETA (Texas Educational Theatre Association) Playwriting Contest, was selected to be read at the Ensemble Studio Theatre, New York City, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 29 and 30.—http://www.uil.utexas.edu/leaguer/2005/sept_2005.pdf, accessed January 14, 2007.
county extension agent, culture clash, loneliness, farming, hermit, male bonding, personal ghost, poetry, visit, writing,
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