Thunder in the Index
Dean, Philip Hayes (American playwright, 19__-____), “Thunder in the Index,
a __-minute biting tragedy in English, set in the psychiatric ward of a large city hospital, 1972,
(+ 2m bits)
© 1972 by Philip Hayes Dean;
• in Philip Hayes Dean’s Thunder in the Index (New York: Dramatists Play Service, Inc., 1972);
• script/rights available from Dramatists Play Service, 440 Park Avenue South, New York, New York 10016, U.S.A., telephone 212-683-8960, fax 212-213-1539, http://www.dramatists.com, email@example.com.
• Cited in 1/2/3/4 for the Show: A Guide to Small-Cast One-Act Plays, vol 2, (Lanham, Maryland, U.S.A.: The Scarecrow Press, 1995), ISBN 0810836009, 475 pp.
Dr. Goldberg (m), __, the attending physician, self-assured; Joshua Noon (m), __, a hip young black; _____ (f), __, _____.
“The action takes place in the psychiatric ward of a large city hospital, where Joshua Noon, a hip young black, lies bound in a strait jacket. His pleas to be unshackled lead to a sharp, funny and exacerbating verbal duel with the attending physician, Dr. Goldberg, in which the disparate, and perhaps irreconcilable, worlds of the two men are brought vividly into focus. But, ironically, the self-assured Dr. Goldberg is ultimately revealed to be an escaped patient himself, which leaves, in the end, the tantalizing question: Who is really mad, the kept or the keeper?”–Philip Hayes Dean - complete guide to the Playwright and Plays, http://www.doollee.com/PlaywrightsD/dean-philip-hayes.html#9200, accessed March 23, 2008.
Premiered New York, 1974.
mistaken identity, psychiatry, strait jacket.