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November 1970

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Great Expectations or The War of the Worlds (With thanks to Harold Pinter, or was it Charles Dickens?)
A ONE ACT MELODRAMA TO BE PLAYED BY MARIONETTES



CAST OF CHARACTERS GROOVY BUTCH JOE COCKER The time is someplace in the fairly near future, damn nearer than you think. At curtain rise, we see what is by today's standards a totally hip pad. It is crowded with cultural symbols of our time: a large inflatable vinyl Campbell's Soup can, numerous Peace symbols, doves, clenched fists, a black-and-white poster depicting rhinos fornicating, Lyndon Johnson playing Clyde while Lady Bird - also holding a machine gun - plays Bonnie, a "Make Love Not War" fresco done with Pepsi Cola bottle tops on a background of a tattered American flag drenched with fake Mercurochrome blood. The floor is littered with at least 7,000 copies of Screw, Rat, The East Village Other, The Realist, et al. A somewhat dusty paper Tiffany lamp advertising Heinz 57 Varieties of Pot dimly illumines the scene...


Copyright: 1970 National Lampoon

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