A Topnotch Man
Other Plays by Hugh Aaron
Aaron, Hugh (American playwright, writer, reader, sailor, gardener, hiker, b. Worcester, Massachusetts, U.S.A., 1924-____), “A Topnotch Man,”
a 20-minute drama in English, set in _______, 1999,
© 1999 by Hugh Aaron
• in Hugh Aaron’s A Topnotch Man (Cushing, Maine, U.S.A.: The Author, 1999);
• script/rights available from Hugh Aaron, 71 Congress Street, Belfast, Maine 04915, U.S.A., e-mail haaron@StonesPointPress.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.hughaaron.com/, telephone (home) 207-338-1921, (work) 207-338-1921, fax 207-338-8379.
_____ (m), __, son; _____ (m), __, father; _____ (m), __, father's business competitor.
“A retired college professor seeks a loan from a former student who has become a successful businessman. Revelations of their past surface, leading to a damaging confrontation.”—Hugh Aaron playwright - plays biography information, http://www.doollee.com/PlaywrightsA/AaronHugh.htm, accessed April 13, 2007.
“Cal, Phil’s former college teacher, calls on Phil to borrow some money in order to help out a friend, a drug addict, in need of detoxification. The history of Cal’s and Phil’s past relationship is revealed: Cal, unbeknownst to Phil, had loved him sexually when he was his student, but Cal had never indicated this until now for he knew Phil was straight. Phil soon discovers that Cal actually needs the funds to feed his own habit and threatens to throw Cal out. But Cal reminds Phil that he owes him a favor; it was through Cal’s connections that Phil gained acceptance to Harvard more than 20 years before. Foiled, and disgusted, Phil bitterly gives Cal the money he requested and asks him to leave. Cal leaves and sits in the office lobby weeping. When the receptionist advises Phil of this, Phil renegs and realizes that Cal is to be pitied and needs help. He calls Cal back in.”—Hugh Aaron, http://www.hughaaron.com/, accessed April 13, 2007.
• “One scene, no changes, nothing special required, simply two actors sparring with words. • This play had been read by two excellent actors who brought it to life. It turned out to be quite powerful and elicited the applause of other actors who stopped their rehearsing to listen to the sparring and mounting drama. The play has not been professionally staged.”
• “Born in Worcester, Massachusetts, Hugh Aaron received a Liberal Arts degree in the Humanities at The University of Chicago. He served three years in the Seabees during World War II, two of them in the Southwest Pacific. He has three children, now self-sufficient adults. He was CEO of his own plastics manufacturing business for 20 years before selling it to write full time. Several of his short stories have been published in national magazines and 18 essays on business management and one on WWII appeared in The Wall Street Journal. Thus far he has written two novels, two screenplays, twenty stageplays, two short story collections, a WWII letter collection, a travel journal, three children's stories, and a book (Business Not As Usual) on business management. Published in September 2005, his newest book is entitled QUINTET, a collection of five novellas. He lives with his artist wife in mid-coast Maine.”—Hugh Aaron playwright - plays biography information, http://www.doollee.com/PlaywrightsA/AaronHugh.htm, accessed April 13, 2007.
• “Hugh Aaron, born and raised in Worcester, Massachusetts, was a Seabee in the South Pacific during World War II. After the war he graduated from the University of Chicago where his professors encouraged him to pursue a literary career. However, he made his living as CEO of his own plastics materials business while continuing to write. Only after he retired was his writing published, consisting of two novels, a travel journal, a short story collection, a book of business essays, a book of letters, a child's book in verse and a book of movie reviews. The Wall Street Journal also published eighteen of his articles on business management and one on World War II. Currently writing plays, he resides by the sea in mid-coast Maine with his artist wife Ann Stein. Read Hugh Aaron's Blog.”—Stones Point Press - Authors, http://www.stonespoint.com/authors.html, accessed April 13, 2007.
• “Hugh Aaron, a native of Worcester, Massachusetts, received a Liberal Arts degree in the Humanities at The University of Chicago. For three years as a Seabee he served in the South Pacific during WWII. He was CEO of his own plastics manufacturing business for 20 years before selling it to write full time. Several of his short stories have been published in national magazines and 18 of his essays on business management have appeared in The Wall Street Journal. He is the author of BUSINESS NOT AS USUAL, How to Win Managing a Company through Hard and Easy Times. Currently he’s writing and producing plays.”—Blogger: User Profile: Hugh Aaron, http://www2.blogger.com/profile/09471577108766594794, accessed April 13, 2007.
• “Hugh Aaron is a young octogenarian who served in the South Pacific as a Seabee during WWII. He has written two books about war, one a novel entitled When Wars Were Won, and the other a collection of almost 1,000 letters that he wrote home during WWII, called Letters from the Good War. They can be found at www.stonespoint.com, or at amazon.com. He has also written short stories and plays. A native of Worcester, Mass, he now resides in Cushing, Maine with his artist wife.”—Hugh Aaron - Writers Against War - Spring/Summer 2005, http://writersagainstwar.com/hughaaronspr-sum05.html, accessed April 13, 2007.
academe, addiction, altruism, borrowing, business, college, connection, detoxification, drug, emotional blackmail, generation gap, Harvard University, homosexuality, loan, male bonding, obligation, teacher-student relationship, teaching, treatment, visit.