DECEMBER 2018
SHORT FIVE-ACT
PLAYS
by Richard Kostelanetz
   
Individual entries on Richard Kostelanetz’s work appear in
Reader's Guide to Twentieth-Century Writers, Merriam-Webster
Encyclopedia of Literature, Contemporary Poets, Contemporary
Novelists, Postmodern Fiction, Webster's Dictionary of American
Writers, Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians, Directory of
American Scholars, and other directories.

Image: Leonid Drozner
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Drawing.

Painting.

Resting..

Ladders.

A mural.



Enters college.

Graduates.

Graduate school.

Original research.

Teaching unhappily at a junior college.



On a train.

In a spacious terminal.

Meeting a stranger in a bathroom.

Making love behind a stall door.

Returning to the street.



To audience: Scream

Scream louder.

Scream yet louder.

Scream weaker.

Silence.



Infallible.

Ingenuity.

Palpable.

Inspiring.

Ineffable.



Returning home after years away.

Dinner with one’s immediate family.

Sleeping in one’s childhood bedroom.

Increasing tensions during breakfast with a
family that seems estranged.

Leaving for the airport, perhaps never to
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Dark.

Light.

Apocalypse.

Light.

Dark.



Conspiring.

Campaigning.

Electing.

Governing.

Imprisonment.



Earth.

Moon.

Mars.

Pluto.

Gone.