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Handicapper General, The - Short Play, Comedy

Handicapper General, The

Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., Pat Cook

Short Play, Comedy

2m, 5f

ISBN: 9780871293459

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In the year 2081 everybody is finally equal. And if they're not, the Handicapper General equips them with devices to make sure they are. George Bergeron has to wear a heavy bag around his neck because he is too strong and has a mental disrupter earphone that blasts loud noises in his ear anytime he thinks too long. "That one sounded like a grand piano going off a cliff," he tells his wife, Hazel. She, on the other hand, is perfectly average, and that is why George loves her so. Unfortunately for the couple, they had a perfect son, who was taken by the government immediately. Hazel remembers fondly her Harrison but not for too long because she can only think in short bursts. George is afraid to think at all for fear of getting another ship's whistle blast in his ear. Full of eccentric characters, such as George, Hazel and ballerinas weighted down with bird shot, this wild tale is full of Vonnegutisms. And everybody is made equal. Or so says the Handicapper General. Area staging.


2m, 5f

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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