This Isn’t Scarsdale, Gus
Urdahl, Richard (American playwright, February 24, 1964-____), “This Isn’t Scarsdale, Gus,”
a 15-minute comedy in English, set at Heaven’s door, ____,
© 1974 by Richard Urdahl;
• in Richard Urdahl’s Don’t Listen to Us Lord, We're Only Praying: Six plays for Chancel, Undercroft, or Boiler Room (Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.A.: Augsburg Fortress Publishers, 1974), containing “Don’t Listen to Us, Lord, We’re Only Praying,” “This Isn’t Scarsdale, Gus,” “Your Wife is a What?” “‘My Son’s the One in the Flowered Apron,” “Caught in the Middle of the Fourth,” “God Can Take Care of Himself, but What about the Kids?”;
• script/rights available from Baker’s Plays, 100 Chauncy Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02111-1783, 617-482-1280, fax 617-482-7613; Western Representative, Samuel French, Inc., 7623 Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, California 90046, 213-876-0570, fax 213-876-6882; Canadian Representative, Samuel French, Ltd., 80 Richmond Street East, Toronto M5C 1P1, 416-363-3536, fax 416-363-1108.
• Cited in Play Index, 1983-1987: An Index to 3,964 Plays, edited by Juliette Yaakov (____-____) and John Greenfieldt (New York: The H. W. Wilson Company, 1988), ISSN 0554-3037, LCCN 64-1054, 522 pp.
_____ (m), interviewee husband; _____ (f), interviewee wife; _____ ( ), Heavenly interviewer.
“A scoundrelly husband and saintly wife find themselves at the Pearly Gates, being interviewed by . . . well it's not ‘Saint Bruce.’”—Baker’s Plays One Act Play Scripts, http://bakersplays.com/oneact.htm, accessed July 17, 2001.
“Middle aged couple find themselves unexpectedly at Heaven’s door.”—Yaakov and Greenfieldt, p. 381.
Mr. Urdahl is the author of Plays for Clowns in Christ, What Are We Going To Do With All These Rotting Fish, and If He's Not Laughing, It's Not God.
• Research could include Richard Urdahl’s Don’t Listen to Us Lord, We’re Only Praying: Six Plays for Chancel, Undercroft or Boiler Room (Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.: Bakers Plays, 1984), 75 pp., 1048-B, containing ‘Don't Listen to Us, Lord, We're Only Praying” (a church committee tries to find calls for twelve recent seminary graduates), “This Isn't Scarsdale, Gus” (Devilish Gus and ‘Saint’ Minnie try to enter the Pearly Gates), ‘Your Wife is a What?” (one man misinterprets another man's description of his wife and gets into a discussion about God), “My Son's the One in the Flowered Apron” (a wife assumes the role of the breadwinner, a husband becomes a house-husband, and mother is not pleased), “Caught in the Middle of the Fourth” (Gramps, Mom, and Junior get wrapped around the Fourth Commandment in the pursuit of selfhood), “God Can Take Care of Himself, but What about the Kids?” (a husband and a wife discuss relationship and cohabitation).—Baker's Plays.
• Also, research could include Richard Urdahl’s Plays for Clowns in Christ: Four Short Plays for the Fun of Playing!! Open Book, 7 (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.: Fortress Press, 1973), ISBN 080060145, LCCN 72091527, 150 pp., containing “If I’m the Last, You’re in Trouble,” “Do You Mean to Say that Manure is the Only Answer?” “Seventy Times Seven Equals Four-Hundred-Ninety but then, POW!” “Throne-Prone.” All easily staged. Some people find it difficult to laugh in church, but the clown in each of us yearns for release to ease the tensions of fear and doubt. Indeed there is healing in a kind of holy hilarity and fools for Christ can be clowns for Christ as well. A fresh and fun-filled approach to religious drama which brings the foolish ways of men to the surface—and with laughter comes new beginnings! Contents: “Do You Mean To Say Manure is the Only Answer?” “Seventy Times Seven Equals Four Hundred and Ninety But Then...Pow!” “If I'm The Last...You’re in Trouble; Throne Prone.”—Baker’s Plays Religious Non-Seasonal Titles and Collections, http://www.bakersplays.com/relnonse.htm, accessed September 23, 2001.
Bible, Christian drama, interview, Pearly Gates, personality, saintliness, villainy.