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: 390,246
  • File size: 97 KB

Meet the Author

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

James: Our very special guest today is Dr. Ernest Kinnie. Dr. Kinnie is a retired psychologist with many years experience as a professor, therapist, and author. His recent books bring together the best ways he’s found over a lifetime to help you expand what you can think, feel and become. And he is also the publisher of The Alice Trilogy, the story of a highly intelligent, over-sexed, foul-mouthed brat.

Thank you for coming. You know, Dr. Kinnie, there are a number of people who believe that you wrote The Alice Trilogy, not Janis Hoffman. Did you or didn’t you?

Dr. Kinnie: (laughs) You don’t waste time do you. Janis holds a high level position in government and wishes to remain anonymous. We are good friends and I agreed to publish her book, The Alice Trilogy, using the name Janis Hoffman.

James: Yes, yes, I know. That’s the cover story. Her career will be hurt if people find out she wrote that book about a wild, over-sexed brat. Is Janis Hoffman real or not?

Dr. Kinnie: Both.

James: Both? Both? What do you mean both! 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 want you to admit you’re a dirty old man, writing porn and hiding behind a woman’s skirt. And that picture on your author page isn’t you. It’s John Muir.

Dr. Kinnie: Ok, I might be a dirty old man who writes pornography. But you’re for sure a porn pusher.

James: What do you mean by that?

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

James: (Laughs) True enough. You gotta admit though, the main ideas in Alice and your self-help psychology books are very similar.

Dr. Kinnie: Ok, Mr. Gotcha man. Let me jump and pump you. What main ideas?

James: Well, here’s a couple. Primary Reality is a Self that remains the same in the midst of all of the shifting realities. And, we are far more than just one person, short-lived and stuck in a particular space-time.

Dr. Kinnie: Damn! I thought I’d catch you for sure. Yes, you have read the books and those are two of the main ideas in The Alice Trilogy. They are also found in Mind Tripping, Maps of Reality, and Cynical Soup. All easily available wherever eBooks are sold. Best to get in a little self-promotion while 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: (laughs) Yeah. That would be a lot of fun playing with people’s heads. Who is that beautiful woman on the cover of The Alice Trilogy? Great cover.

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

James: I am genuinely sorry but we are out of time, and I have so much more to ask. Thank you for coming, and I hope you will come again soon when we have more time. 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 watching this lively interview with Dr. Ernest Kinnie. He is a retired psychologist and author. His books are available at major eBook outlets like Amazon, Apple, and Barnes and Noble.

He slipped in the titles of his most recent 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 psychology books to explore and create your life, and Cynical Soup, a book of over 750 wise and foolish observations. And for sure, don’t forget The Alice Trilogy, the story of a wild and crazy young girl, he may or may not have written.

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