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The Sixth Victim & Other Plays
This collection of five one-
The Sixth Victim: A day or two after the last of the canonical Ripper murders, red-
1 man, 1 woman. Victorian setting and costumes.
To Kill a King: Written in blank verse, To Kill a King is a prequel to William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. At its simplest, the context is that the Ghost lied about nearly everything except being killed by his brother. King Hamlet didn’t love his wife, though he does seem to have a fairly strong connection with Osric, and there is a slightly better than even chance that Claudius is Hamlet’s actual father, not the king.
Except for a single mistake, early in her marriage, Gertrude has never strayed, despite having been in love with Claudius from the moment she first saw him and realized she was going to be married to “the wrong brother.” She would prefer to be married to her brother-
Then the king sends a hired assassin to kill his wife. Claudius stops the murder, and the next day uses the assassin’s bottle of poison, provided by the king, to kill his brother in the castle garden. Because King Hamlet had figured out that his son was really his brother’s, a secret codicil to his will declared young Hamlet a bastard, making him ineligible for the throne. Claudius becomes king, getting a confidential agreement from the Council that once he’s married to Gertrude, Hamlet will be quietly legitimized and thus be able to follow his step-
14 men (some may double), 2 women. Medieval setting.
Burying Dad: Joe and Mary are siblings, Joe in his mid-
1 man, 1 woman. Contemporary setting.
It’s the Computer’s Fault: Rod lives on a farm and loves computers. Unfortunately, he’s a bit OCD, so when an online personality quiz suggests he’s most like serial killer/cannibal Ed Gein, he’s compelled to kidnap a waitress and take her back to his basement, where he has her tied to a chair and gagged. Because of this, Lucy, the waitress, has no lines in this play, but can only react to what Rod tells her. He spends the whole play talking to her, explaining just why he has to kill her and eat her. It’s not his fault, really, the computer is making him do it. He doesn’t really want to, but computers are how God talks to people, gives them instructions, so he has to. It does not go well for Lucy, and right at the end Rod gets a surprise of his own.
1 man, 1 woman. Contemporary setting.
Sunday Afternoon: Dave and Norma have been married for 45 years. Lately, Dave has been forgetting things. Things like whether his oldest son is still alive, or which of his daughter’s three children was born first. This morning Norma sent him to the supermarket, about a quarter mile away, for some zucchini. He came back three hours later with a bag of turnips. He remembers the trip they took to Bavaria 40 years earlier, but can’t help thinking that a Baron Bomburst built one of the castles. Norma isn’t quite sure what to do with him. When their daughter, Judy, comes over to visit, her father is wandering around the house trying to find his pipe. The one he stopped smoking before Judy was born. Later he finds a pipe, a two foot length of iron water pipe, but can’t remember why he wanted it. Is it time for a home? Norma and Judy are debating this. What they decide remains up in the air.
1 man, 2 women. Contemporary suburban setting, living room and kitchen.
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|Coming Out Website|
|May 2006 Interview|
|January 2014 Interview|
|Run Silent, Run Deep|
|Submarines at War|
|Harry Potter and the Cursed Child|
|The PaxAm Solution|
|Sea of Shadows|
|Shrek, the Musical|
|The Phantom of the Opera|
|Love Never Dies|
|Returning - Sample No. 1|
|Returning - Sample 2|
|Returning - Sample 3|
|Returning - Sample 4|
|Returning - Sample 5|
|Returning - Sample 6|
|Characters & So Forth|
|How a Submarine Dives|
|How a Persicope Works|
|Asdic, Sonar and Detection Gear|
|The Walter Turbine|
|The Typ XXVI Walter U-boat|
|The Revell 1:72 Scale Gato|
|USS Barb (SS-220)|
|USS Cod (SS-224)|
|USS Wahoo (SS-238)|
|USS Tang (SS-306)|
|USS Argonaut (SM-1)(SS-475)|