10 Minute Play
Time Period - 1970s
Settings Of Play - Graves Registration warehouse, 1st Medical Batallion, Marine Division, Da Nang, South Vietnam
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Scene work, Competition or audition material
Interior Set, Bare Stage/Simple Set
Strong Language, Mild Adult Themes
Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)
College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
Two marines in 1970 Vietnam receive a dead soldier to store in a refrigerator before his remains are sent back home. War has taken its emotional toll on these young men and they discuss the best way to permanently attach the dead man’s ID tag to him – by stomping his dogtag into his jaw. The man’s corpse was sent to the marines too early: he regains consciousness and awakens, terrified out of his mind. Somehow the exhausted men find humor in a grim close call.
Published in Ten Minute Plays from Actors Theatre of Louisville, Vol. 1.
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