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Soft Click of a Switch - Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

Soft Click of a Switch

Carter W. Lewis

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Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

2m

ISBN: 9780573660207

Two strangers teetering on the edge of violence dubbed "The Rosencrantz and Gildenstern of the Streets" at London's Royal Court Theatre meet and figure out, using a borrowed library book, how to build bombs out of air conditioning parts. Drive through photomats begin exploding and they become notori…

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Full Length Play

Dramatic Comedy

Two strangers teetering on the edge of violence dubbed "The Rosencrantz and Gildenstern of the Streets" at London's Royal Court Theatre meet and figure out, using a borrowed library book, how to build bombs out of air conditioning parts. Drive through photomats begin exploding and they become notorious in the tabloids, but things go awry. The glow from the neighboring apartment gets unusually bright, an irate mother threatens them, and the damaged pictures the bomb victims come alive. And even worse, Earl's gin sours as the bombers' world explodes in a surreal escape from the darkness of their crime spree into the light.
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Carter W.  Lewis

Carter W. Lewis

Carter W. Lewis teaches Introduction to Playwriting, Advanced Playwriting and Dramaturgy at Washington University in St. Louis. Prior to that, he was Dramaturg & Playwright-in-Residence for The Geva Theatre Center in New York. Carter was also co-founder and Resident Playwright for Upstart Stage in Berkeley, California. He is the winner of several national playwriting awards including: The ... view full profile

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Elizabeth Birkenmeier 4/20/2013 9:43 PM
In a bullet-fire barrage of quarreling men is a surprising love story.  While Earl and Ed may not end up romantically involved at the end of SOFT CLICK OF A SWITCH, they have a Bonnie and Clyde affair of sorts—full of desperation and violence.  The beauty of SOFT CLICK OF A SWITCH lies in its elegant surprises.  Disembodied voices play the rest of the world throughout.  The apartment next door is filling with light and the walls are bending, but all we can see is two lonely men.  Both on the outskirts of all things, both seized with a sort of emotional paralysis, Lewis articulates these characters’ lives by highlighting their loneliness.  Rather than being thrown into a world that we can see and understand, we see only the uneasiness of Earl and Ed.  We learn to love their interest in each other, as off-kilter and misinformed as it is.  We leave the play wanting to have reached out to them.  If only they had had companions outside of each other, perhaps their thirst for violence would have gone unquenched.  But through the simplicity of the storytelling, we want them to keep each other company in this play’s eerie world.  We become as tense as they are as their discomfort unfolds into sex, crime, and paranormal meandering.  We are cheerleaders for their unusual and desperate near-romance.  

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