Lavine, David (American playwright, 1971-____),
“Suicide John,” a 30-minute comedy in English, set in a city apartment, U.S.A., 1999,
© 1999 by David Lavine;
• in David Lavine’s 4 Plays by David Lavine (Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.: Original Works Publishing, 1999);
• script/rights available from David Lavine, Original Works Publishing - Dedicated to bold and original plays, http://www.originalworksonline.com/.
• Cited by David Lavine via ftp June 29, 2001; Lavine says,
John (m), 35, miserable, whiny sad sack; Hector (m), 35, sweaty would-be terrorist; Yetta Goldfinch (f), 35, John’s wife.
“John has decided to kill himself today. Hector, who kidnaps John, ties him up and schemes for major media attention and millions of dollars in ransom. Hector is not very prepared however, bearing a toilet brush as his only weapon. John’s fiance, Yetta Goldfinch, comes home from shopping at the wrong moment to find herself very, very inconvenienced. A love triangle emerges. So do a gun, a carrot scraper and pantyhose.
“John wants to kill himself, but his sweaty, toilet-brush-wielding kidnapper won't let him. John’s wife, Yetta comes home from shopping to find herself very, very inconvenienced. A love triangle emerges, as do a gun, carrot-scrapper and pantyhose.”—Original Works Publishing - Dedicated to bold and original plays, http://www.originalworksonline.com/, accessed October 2, 2006.
• “Continuous action; minimal set—but actual door needed for a surprise caller at the very end.
• Actors can be in their thirties or any age. It’s helpful if the actress can cartwheel.”
• “David Lavine has had over two dozen stage productions in New York and regionally since 1995 (CA, NJ, PA, OH, FL). His full-length and short plays have been produced at such venues as Fleetwood Stage, Intar, Chashama, Little Fish Theatre Company, Actors Workout Studio, Kimball Studio Theatre, and both the New York and Columbus Fringe Festivals. Ric Shoemaker’s production of Lavine’s ‘Smugglers Three’ in the 2005 Columbus Fringe Festival earned The Other Paper’s Heidi Award for Best Original Short. A collection of one-acts, 4 Plays by David Lavine, is published by Original Works, and monologues from two of his plays are included in Smith and Kraus’s The Ultimate Audition Book, Vol. 4: 222 Comedy Monologues 2 Minutes & Under. Lavine is also a screenwriter. His feature-length script, The Unconjoined earned Quarterfinalist status in Scriptapalooza’s 2004 screenwriting competition, and is currently in development with independent producer Eugenio De Caprio. An adaptation of a novel by a prominent contemporary author is in development with filmmaker Cyril Guyot. A second adaptation of a work by a Nobel Prize-winning playwright is currently securing financing.”—David Lavine, via e-mail October 7, 2006.
• Page mounted June 29, 2001, updated October 2, October 9, 2006, September 2, 2009, by the site Webmaster.
carrot scraper, gun, kidnapping, love triangle, media attention, pantyhose, ransom, shopping, suicide, water chestnut, weaponry, would-be suicide.