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Chillun Got Shoes." HAROLD, LOOSELEAF, PENELOPE, and WOODLY
stand in a row in the darkness, facing the audience. They
materializes outside the windows.
kitchen and so on.
How do you do. My name is Penelope
Ryan. This is a simple-minded play
about men who enjoy killing--and
those who don't.
I am Harold Ryan, her husband. I
in wars of various sorts--as a
professional soldier. I have
as well--for sport.
I am Dr. Norbert Woodly--a
physician, a healer. I find it
disgusting and frightening that a
of society. Gentleness must
replace violence everywhere, or we
Would you like to say something
about killing, Colonel?
Jesus--I dunno. You know. What
the heck. Who knows?
Colonel Harper, retired now,
dropped an atom bomb on Nagasaki
killing seventy-four thousand
people in a flash.
I dunno, boy.
You don't know?
It was a bitch.
You can leave now. We'll begin.
(to the audience,
making a peace sign)
All but PENELOPE exit.
(to the audience)
This is a tragedy. When it's done,
my face will be as white as the
snows of Kilimanjaro.
My husband, who kills so much, has
hoped to find diamonds as big as
cantaloupes. His pilot was Colonel
Looseleaf Harper, who dropped the
bomb on Nagasaki.
this apartment. They were built by
Abercrombie and Fitch. They are
The back doorbell is a hyena, which
you've just heard. The front
doorbell is a lion's roar.
(to the wings)
Would you let them hear it please?
PAUL, her twelve-year-old son, enters from corridor, a
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