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High Flyers: A Ten-Minute Play [NOOK Book]

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A 10-minute play. Two circus performers are too old to keep flying and must decide what to do with the rest of their lives...assuming they want a life if they can no longer fly. They were born in the circus and is all they know. Maybe better to end it. Who wants to flip burgers, or play a sweet, perky, little waitress, getting pinched on the tush for lousy tips?

From the play:
A dingy, cheap dressing room in a circus trailer. Door up right. ...

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Overview

A 10-minute play. Two circus performers are too old to keep flying and must decide what to do with the rest of their lives...assuming they want a life if they can no longer fly. They were born in the circus and is all they know. Maybe better to end it. Who wants to flip burgers, or play a sweet, perky, little waitress, getting pinched on the tush for lousy tips?

From the play:
A dingy, cheap dressing room in a circus trailer. Door up right. Marilyn is sitting in a chair center left with her head back, looking up at the ceiling. She is in her early thirties and wearing leotards. They are too small because she has been gaining weight the last two years.
MARILYN
Damn! Damn! Damn!
(She drops her head down and begins to cry. After a short while, she wipes her eyes and takes a five inch high bottle of green liquid out of her purse. It has a black band around the middle. She holds it out in front of her for a few moments and then begins to unscrew the cap. She suddenly glances toward the door and quickly re-screws the cap and puts the bottle back in her purse as Fred comes in. He is also wearing leotards. He comes over and puts his arms around her.)
FRED
How you doin’ sweetie pie?
MARILYN
I hit the net three times. Three times! How do you think I feel?
(And begins to cry again. Fred hugs her closer.)
Did you hear the boos? Did you hear the hisses and the boos?
FRED
Just a bad day sweetie pie.
MARILYN
No! It wasn’t just a bad day, sweetie pie. Remember Dorothy Hamill? She was a great skater, a beautiful skater, and she fell three times the last time she skated in public. I felt so sad watching her fall. Again! And again!! She waited too long to quit, and so did I. It’s over Freddie. I’m not going back up there.
FRED
Don’t you remember the big cheers when we made the catch?
MARILYN
Oh ya, sure. They were God-awful relieved I didn’t fall a fourth time. It’s over Fred! I’m not going back!
FRED
Look sweetie pie, we’ll practice more. It was just a bad day. Come on, let’s go eat.
MARILYN
(She wails, as she gestures toward her leotards.)
Like Hell it was just a bad day. Open your eyes. I don’t fit these anymore.
(And begins to cry again. Fred tries to hug her closer, but she pushes him away and stands up, shaking her head. Angry anguish.)
Now you can finally fly away with lovely Lulu. Go tell her the good news. Go on! She’ll jump up and down, shaking everything she’s got for you.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940033255504
  • Publisher: Ernest Kinnie
  • Publication date: 5/15/2012
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 479,068
  • File size: 97 KB

Meet the Author

INTERVIEW WITH DR. ERNEST KINNIE
(This was broadcast on PBC, September 18, 2014. All rights reserved)

James: Thank you for taking the time, Dr. Kinnie. Here’s the big question. Is Janis Hoffman a real person who needs to hide her real name because The Alice Trilogy is so full of broken taboos, political incorrectness and just plain raunchiness? Or, have you made her up to protect your reputation, so people won’t call you a dirty old man and discredit your serious books on self-help psychology? Is she real or made up?

Dr. Kinnie: Both.

James: Both? What do you mean both! I’ve read The Alice Trilogy and one of your books so I know you’re a trickster. But how can Janis Hoffman be real and made up at the same time? You’re playing a game with me.
Dr. Kinnie: Aren‘t you playing a game with me?

James: Of course I’m playing a game with you. I’m not interested in helping you sell books. I want you to admit you’re a dirty old man writing porn, hiding behind a woman’s skirt. And that picture on your author page isn’t you. It’s John Muir.

Dr. Kinnie: Ok, sure, I’m a dirty old man who likes sex and writes porn. And you're also a porn pusher.

James: What do you mean by that?

Dr. Kinnie: You’re a jump and pump, gotcha artist, who loves to play with people’s heads to show what a great interviewer you are.

James: (Laughs) Well, you may or may not be Janis Hoffman, but you have to admit the main ideas in your books are very similar.

Dr. Kinnie: Ok, Mr. Gamester interviewer. Have you really read our books, and if so what are some of the main ideas?

James: Well, here’s a couple from the Alice series. There are other realities right next to this one, and we are far more than just one person, short lived and stuck in a particular space time.

Dr. Kinnie: Damn. I wanted to catch you. Yes, those are two of the main ideas in The Alice Trilogy, and are also found in Mind Tripping, Maps of Reality, and Cynical Soup. All eBooks, available everywhere. Best to get in a little self-promotion when I can.

Oh! Janis knows I’m doing this interview and asked me to let people know that she is a high level official in the Department of Education in Washington. She wants to have a little fun watching her coworkers try to figure out who Janis Hoffman might be.

James: Yes, that should be a lot of fun. Who is that beautiful woman on the cover of the Alice series? Great cover.

Dr. Kinnie: That is a late 19th century painting of Suzanne Valadon. She’s one of Alice’s Alts and a main player among the artists of the period, sniffing, snorting, drinking and fornicating wild creativity in the village of Montmartre, on that high bluff above Paris.

James: Sorry for this short interview, but we are out of time. Thank you for coming. You have been as intelligent and entertaining as I expected.

Dr. Kinnie: Thank you for having me. Always fun to fence with a worthy opponent.

James: And thank you all for listening to this lively interview with Dr. Ernest Kinnie. He is a retired psychologist with many years experience as professor, therapist, and writer. He’s gathered together in his books what he has learned over a lifetime. They are designed to help people expand what they can think, feel and become, and are available at most eBook outlets such as Amazon, Apple, and Barnes and Noble.

He slipped in the titles of his books but let me repeat them to help ensure he returns for another interview. They are Mind Tripping and Maps of Reality, two self-help psychological books, and Cynical Soup, a book of over 750 wise and foolish quotations. And for sure, don’t forget The Alice Trilogy, the story of a self-centered, over-sexed, foul-mouthed brat that he may or may not have written.

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