Elijah at the White House, 2018

Another Short Play by Joel Schechter Characters: Donald Trump, Ivanka Trump, Melania Trump, Jared Kushner, Secret Service agents, Children 1, 2, 3, Stormy Daniels and other guests. Setting: A Passover dinner table in the White House. We hear the Trump family singing a song about Elijah.

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“Trump’s Parade”

A SHORT PLAY by Joel Schechter   Characters include: Donald Trump . . . Army Sergeant  . . . Private . . . Kim Jong-un . . . White Horse . . . Big Button . . . White House Hairdresser . . . Chocolate Cake (kosher) . . . Miss Universe   Trump:  I want a parade with a million soldiers saluting their […]

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Devils in America: A Short Play

by Joel Schechter   Author’s Note:  The following short play was not written by Tony Kushner.  It offers dialogue missing from Kushner’s play, Angels in America,  which originally featured several other scenes with the late American lawyer and McCarthyism enabler Roy Cohn. More recently,  the current President of the United States expressed a wish that his old friend […]

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Christmas with the Trumps. Khanike, Too.

A SHORT PLAY by Joel Schechter (Donald Trump enters dressed as Santa Claus, backed by scenery of  a Christmas tree forest, a sleigh, and one red-nosed reindeer. Trump hands out axes to audience members.) Trump:  It’s Christmas time, America! And I’m giving you a big, beautiful Christmas present. Ivanka: It’s a Khanike gift, too. Alt-Right Torch […]

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How to Watch a Confederate Statue Fall

by Joel Schechter 1) CONSIDER IT ART CRITICISM While I applaud the decision of local governments and activists to remove statues of Confederate soldiers and leaders from public spaces,  insofar as the statues represent defenders of slavery, I also want to note the curious spectacle of an American President verbally defending these statues against their critics […]

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Trump’s Kol Nidre

A SHORT PLAY by Joel Schechter   Characters Donald Trump Jared Kushner Ivanka Trump Anthony Scaramucci Kellyanne Conway   Setting:  White House cloak-and-dagger room. (Hats, coats and daggers are being checked and retrieved and passed around throughout the conversation.) Donald:  They’re telling me I can’t pardon myself. Not that I need a pardon …. until […]

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The Flood at Mar-a-Lago

A SHORT PLAY by Joel Schechter Scene: Rainy day at Palm Beach, Florida. Water everywhere. Characters:  Noah and his ark President of the United States (Trump for now) Ambassadors from Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria     Priebus, Chief of Staff    Costumes:  All characters wear raincoats or carry umbrellas.

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A Palestinian Artist, with Camera

by Joel Schechter AN INVENTIVE response to travel restrictions  imposed on Palestinians by Israel can be seen in Emily Jacir’s photography exhibit, “Where We Come From,” at San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art. All four walls of one gallery display photographs taken by Jacir in Gaza, Haifa, Jerusalem and other  zones where Palestinians find their […]

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The President’s Burqa

A SCENE FROM THE UNDERREPORTED LIFE OF DONALD TRUMP By Joel Schechter [Note:  The scene that follows is composed of alternative facts that have not yet been reported. It was first performed with puppets at the Internet Archive, San Francisco, on Febraury 17, 2017.] Narrator:  Our story begins with a recommendation from the President’s press […]

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