Birnkrant, Samuel (American playwright, 19__-____), “The Termination,”
a 30-minute satiriical comedy-drama in English, set in a government suicide center, 2000,
© 1976 by Samuel Birnkrant;
• in Samuel Birnkrant’s The Termination (Englewood, Colorado, U.S.A.: Pioneer Drama Service, 1976), 14 pp.;
• script/rights available from Pioneer Drama Service, Inc., P. O. Box 4267, Englewood, Colorado 80155-4267, U.S.A., telephone 303-779-4035, fax 303-779-4315.
• Cited in Play Index 1973-1977: An Index to 3,848 Plays, edited by Estelle A. Fidell (New York: The H. W. Wilson Company, 1978), ISSN 0554-3037, LCCN 64-1054, p. 28.
Mr. Y (m), __, _____; Civil Servant (m), __, _____; Emily Schlumberger (f), young, a lonely woman; Miss X (f), __, _____; New Client (m or f extra), __, _______.
“. . . [A] lonely woman applies for termination.”—Fidell, p. 28.
“A dark, moving satire on overpopulation in the year 2000. A lonely young woman, fed up with romantic disappointments and overwhelming problems, applies to the government's Suicide Center for ‘termination.’ Hundreds of forms must be filled out; then there's the termination choice. Should she choose gas or pills or bullets or electrocution? The mirth-ridden interview is interrupted when an employee carries into the room the sole remaining possession of a recent ‘terminiee.’ It is a parakeet in a cage. How a bird rekindles our heroine's interest in life by providing her with something to love is a moving and powerful resolution to this play."—The Termination, http://www.pioneerdrama.com/searchdetail.asp?pc=TERMINATIO&id=318, July 8, 2008.
Simple interior set.
cage, government, interview, loneliness, overpopulation, parakeet, suicide.