Gleason, William (American playwright, ____-____), “Werewolf? ”
a __-minute comedy-spoof in English, set in the doctor’s office, 2000,
© 2000 by William Gleason;
• in William Gleason’s Werewolf? (Woodstock, Illinois, U.S.A.: The Dramatic Publishing Company, 2000), 17 pp., DPC W16, ISBN 08871290952;
• script/rights available from The Dramatic Publishing Company, P. O. Box 129, 311 Washington Street, Woodstock, Illinois 60098, U.S.A., telephone 800-HIT-SHOW, fax 800-334-5302.
Harold (m), the patient, a loser; _____ (m), psychiatrist; Lovey (f), Harold’s wife; Mumsy (f), Harold’s mother.
“Harold, unfortunately, is not really a werewolf—he’s a loser. He’s been such a loser all his life that it’s finally driving him quite mad. His escape is the delusion that he has fumed into a werewolf. The major problem is that even as a werewolf he’s a failure. He can’t scare anybody. As Harold relates his story to a long-suffering psychoanalyst, the audience sees that what he tells the doctor and the way things actually happen are quite different. As Harold tells how he terrifies his wife Lovey, we see the reality in which Lovey responds to his ‘werewolf’ pose with, ‘If you want to play doggie, go outside!’ Ah, but there is a little werewolf even in Harold!”—Catalog of Plays and Musicals (Woodstock, Illinois, U.S.A.: Dramatic Publishing Company, 1996), p. 322.
“William Glennon, a native of Pennsylvania, received a bachelor’s degree from Duke University and went on to study theatre history at the University of Pittsburgh and art history at Bowdain College. He has had a long career in regional theatre and with stock companies, directing and acting in hundreds of plays. Eventually, he began to write his own. In Maine, he worked for several years on a special in-school program, exploring the use of theatre techniques in both learning and teaching all over the state. For over 25 years he also was one of New England’s leading antique dealers, operating a seasonal business in Wiscasset, Maine. He still resides in Maine and continues to write.”—William Glennon, http://www.dramaticpublishing.com/glennon.html, accessed March 30, 2006.
• “I grew up in Los Angeles where I turned down numerous movie roles because I liked working in a car wash. After high school (Simi Valley), I joined the army and went to Vietnam, where I turned down numerous offers to be a hero because I was a fraidy cat. After the war I became a cop in Texas and scared the hell out of speeding teenagers. Then I went to college, got married and published my first play. After publishing twenty-three more for Dramatic, I decided to go to law school. I'm still married to Karen and have one son, Buckley. I now practice law in beautiful downtown Jefferson, Texas (population 2100).”—Author’s Corner, http://www.dramaticpublishing.com/AuthorBio.cfm?titlelink=9357, accessed January 26, 2007.
delusion, failure, loser, psychoanalysis, werewolf.