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The Shaving Lesson

Monologue/Short Play
By Jim Dalglish

An emotionally damaged father teaches his son the art of shaving.

"You don’t want me to start that... Some old boring war story... That was 10 years ago.  No one wants to hear those stories now... no one ever did."

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Characters

  • Father -- Late twenties to early forties.  Viet Nam veteran.  

Setting

Sink with a mirror.  Psychiatric unit of a veteran’s hospital.

Time

1978

Length

10 Minutes

Type

Dramatic Monologue

Script Completed

Summer 2001

Awards:

"Best Play" at the Eventide Arts Festival, Summer 2002.

Themes:

The self-perpetuating nature of America’s war machine.

Acting Class Scenes:

Monolog: man late twenties/early thirties

Production History:

Full Production:  Provincetown Theatre Company/Narrowland Arts, Massachusetts, 8/09/02- 9/29/02

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