Fables: A Play in One Act
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Here is a play script 21 pages long. The play, composed of five "miniatures," was first performed at West Texas State University. The five miniatures are "The Clowns"; "The Genii"; "The Glutton"; "The Bogey"; and "The Drums." A paragraph in the "Notes on the Play" gives a quick indication of the subject matter: "The playlets are: The Clowns, depicting the cycle of life. Two commedia-like clowns build a coffin in pantomime around an old, dying couple. A young couple, pushed to maturity by an impatient stage manager, takes the place of the dead ones. The Genii, in which a girl wishes that a geni would appear, and one does. (Or is it just a boy from the next town?) The Glutton, a touching symbollically (sic) dynamic scene mainly in pantomime. A tough character tries to take food away from a young man who eats ÔÇô and lives ÔÇô with gusto. The Bogey, showing a harried businessman vainly seeking escape from some nameless something (conformity, perhaps?). The Drums, in which two armies play absurdly at war while a young couple whisper words of love at the warriors' feet." The meaning of "fable" is stretched here, I believe.