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One Act, Short Play
1 man 1 woman, 3 bits
Total Cast: 2, Flexible Set
ISBN-13: 978-0-8222-0061-1

MIN. PERFORMANCE FEE: $40 per performance.
THE STORY: NEXT is set in an Army Induction Center, where an overweight, overage and overwrought draftee has reluctantly reported for his physical. Confronted by an Amazon-like female sergeant, he tries every evasion he can think of to disqualify himself, but is ultimately shattered by the realization that nothing will stave off the inevitable. His final monologue, a harrowing exposure of bitterness and confusion, reveals the dilemma of a man to whom the meaning and purpose of his country have become unclear.
“A bitingly original look at some American attitudes” —The New York Times.

“A powerful satire on American callousness toward the Vietnam war and its implications for the country” —WCBS Radio.

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