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Barnhouse Effect, The - Short Play, Drama

Barnhouse Effect, The

Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., Pat Cook

Short Play, Drama

5m, 3f

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 Long before George Lucas introduced us to "The Force" with his Star Wars trilogy, Kurt Vonnegut invented his own ultra-normal power. "Dynamopsychism is the power of the mind," Professor Arthur Barnhouse intones to Vaughn, his new assistant. And what a power! What begins with a simple mental exercise during an army crap game soon escalates into a worldwide threat. At least, that's what the FBI thinks when they raid the Professor's office and put him under investigation. "All I did was write one letter!" Barnhouse complains. No matter. Before the Prof can rub two formulas together, he finds himself the center of an experiment where he has to single-handedly sink a battleship with both the U.S. Army and the Russians looking on. And without ever leaving his office! Outrageous characters and story twists abound in typical Vonnegut fashion, all set in the not-so-comfortable Fifties with its flying saucers and Atomic Age paranoia. And, like that first crap game, the die is cast and the fates take over when it comes to The Barnhouse Effect. Area staging.


5m, 3f

Pat Cook

Pat Cook

Pat Cook got his first taste of seeing his work in print when he was still in high school in Frankston, Texas, writing for the school paper. Then, during the summers, he wrote a column for his hometown newspaper. It wasn't until college, however, when he saw the movie version of Neil Simon's The Odd Couple, that he decided to try his hand at writing plays. His first one-act, The Boys In The Halls, ... view full profile

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