Gownsmen

Concerning the Consequence of Excess

A Ten-Minute Play in Verse

Characters

Karma             Old Hippie Professor (f)
Jayden             Black Student in Whiteface (m)
Aiden              White Student in Blackface and Afro Wig (m)
Emma             Fem Hispanic Student (f)
Shon                Butch Asian Student, TA (n)
Scene

Students seated in classroom, anticipating the professor: Enter the frumpy professor.

Karma:  All welcome to the session.  My name:
Professor Karma Moon, Chair of
Belief and Culture Departments.
Within this course we discuss free speech,
And implication.  I also teach,
“How Best to Take Marx Seriously”,
The Platonic view of history,
and “Feminist Queer Theology”,
A course on the meaning of God
In liberated society.
Here, at our university,
We believe in enforced diversity
Without exception, applied to each:
Please read our “Policy of Manners”.
Yet here, “Free Speaking in the Sixties…

Emma:  Are you sixty?
Karma: No, well, yes, I am,
But I mean to say, the “Nineteen-Sixties”.
Shon: Then you should have said “Nineteen-Sixties”.
Karma: You know, the “Sixties”, the decade.
Aiden: Like the “Nineties”.
Karma: No, the “Nineties”
Were not like the “Sixties”, they were…
Aiden:  Were they like the “Zeros”?
Karma: The what?
Aiden:  The “Zeroes”: Two zero, zero one…
Karma:  No, this is generational.
Emma:  Like the “X Generation”?

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Michael Curtis is a classical sculptor, painter, and architect who lives in Alexandria, Virginia. His verses have been published in Candelabrum, Blue Unicorn, The New Formalist, The Lyric, American Arts Quarterly, Amphora, Pivot, and many other journals. His translation of Afrikaans verse, “Land of Sunlight and Stars” will be published in 2012.