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Tar Tiff by Hans
Elmiras study and undefined places. May be limited to one set, in Elmiras study. Minimally: Upstage center/right a small sofa facing downstage, with space behind it. Stage right a desk with a computer, a lamp, a phone, an intercom, and a desk chair; a door to Elmiras bedroom. Stage left a door to a hall; a small sofa facing right, with a coffee table in front. The furniture is modest but warm. The stage directions reflect the use of the one set only. For the scenes in undefined places, with the stage dark and spotlights, additional sets may be used at the discretion of the direction. The early 21st Century.
Tar Tiff focuses on religious hypocrisy in collusion with greed, war-mongering, contempt of human rights, racism and sexism in contemporary America. The transgressors: Tar Tiff, a manipulative televangelist; Felicity, creator of a global corporation who, with Tar Tiffs help, has her son Orson run for office to further her interests; and at first, Orson. The intended victims: Elmira, Orsons wife of one year; Marianne, Orsons feminist daughter from a previous marriage; Damien, Orsons homosexual, union activist son; Valerio, Mariannes Mexican-American boyfriend and a lawyer for immigrants rights; Valerios parents, gardeners to Orson and Elmira; Elmiras friend Doreen, who runs a womens clinic and shelter; and Damiens partner, Paul. Resistance to Tar Tiff and Felicity, including Orsons liberation from them, leads to a happy ending.
Hans Braendlin is a retired associate professor of Modern Languages from Florida State University, with a special interest in drama and theater. In the courses on drama, he taught a great variety of plays, but mainly 17th Century European and German Expressionist plays, as well as works by Brecht, Durrenmatt, Frisch and the drama of the absurd. Originally of Swiss nationality, he is now a naturalized United States citizen.
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