Stuffings & An American Sunset


James Prideaux

Published by Dramatists Play Service

3 Male 3 Female

Stuffings ~ After seven years of working in Edgar's taxidermy shop, Gladys has become his full-fledged assistant and shares his excitement at the good fortune that has befallen them - the arrival of a moosehead for stuffing

But their elation is marred by the appearance of Gladys' betrothed, George, who makes it clear that he finds taxidermy a repulsive occupation and delivers an ultimatum demanding that Gladys abandon the shop for a job in a nice clean, spacious office

Forced to choose between George and her career, the resolute Gladys finds that she cannot give up her work, even for love. As the defeated George leaves, Gladys and Edgar turn back to their moosehead - and to the growing promise of still other joys to be shared in the future (M2,F1)

A delightful and warmly humorous short play which pokes gentle fun at the plight of a dowdy lady taxidermist forced to choose between romance and her career

An American Sunset ~ In her many years as membership secretary at Grassy Acres Country Club, Miss Potter has worked with dedication to limit applications to the "right people" only

So she and Mrs Stonewell (head of the admissions committee) have no qualms about interviewing young Mr Upton, who has impeccable family and social credentials to recommend him

But while he passes muster easily, Mr Upton then flabbergasts them by announcing that his mission is not to get into the club but to stay out! In fact he is opposed to all that the club stands for

The penalty for this breach is, of course, death, which the well-bred Upton accepts with obedient calm. But here too a surprise is in store, as he shortly rises from the "dead," leaving Mrs Stonewell in shock and the chastened Miss Potter to long thoughts as to who the right people, and the best values, really are (M1,F2)

Imaginative in concept and style, this perceptive, bizarre comedy deflates the silly pretensions and snobbery of the country club set with devastating and delightful accuracy

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