How One Act Plays Killed the Theatre

I am not a fan of the One Act Play — even though I’ve written many of them — because I now realize just how ubiquitously they have killed the modern theatre by shaving expectation, shortening audience attention spans and by setting a low-budget watermark for producers and a little-to-none time commitment for directors and actors.  One Act Plays are a cheat against the human spirit, as the convenience of mindless television plotting replaces the tension of the live stage performance.

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Saving Private Soldier Sperm

War not only ravages the body.  War savages the family.  War kills the future.  War assassinates the now.  A soldier’s widow was forced by the United States Military to not only fight for her right to her dead husband’s sperm, but she was also pressed to dig into the muck and mire of a rigid military system that was unkind to the living remnants of a fallen body.  Kynesha Dhanoolal won the battle, but lost her war.

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Dolphins Killed by Submarine

A few weeks ago 60 disoriented dolphins thrust themselves out of the ocean and into shallow waters off the Florida Keys. 24 of the dolphins died or were euthanized.

The United States Navy refused to comment if the Los Angeles class attack submarine, the USS Philadelphia, was responsible for the dolphin killings while the submarine performed top-secret SEALs maneuvers using high-power sonar 40 miles off the coast of the Florida Keys. Dolphins are especially susceptible to sonar and submarines routinely use sonar to map and to target and to explore deep waters.

A single sonar ping can travel many miles. In March 2000 a United States Naval battle group experimented with sonar and four different species of whales beached themselves on the Bahamas sands to avoid the sonar vibrations. It was later discovered during autopsies that the whales had internal bleeding in their ears and brains. Ocean mammals like whales and dolphins are vulnerable to sound and reverberation and sonar rings like an earthquake in their bodies.

The proof is in their incredible swimming out of the water to race away from the pain. High-power sonar kills ocean mammals. The evidence is in the autopsy. There is no such thing as a coincidence.