Running on Empty Jack Heifner

ISBN: 9780822209768

Published: October 28th 1998

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Running on Empty  by  Jack Heifner

Running on Empty by Jack Heifner
October 28th 1998 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 0 pages | ISBN: 9780822209768 | 7.50 Mb

As the play begins, Lilly is pondering which of her designer dresses to burn in the fireplace of her chic if sparsely furnished penthouse apartment. The problem is that it is wintertime, the United States has long since used up its fuel reserves, andMoreAs the play begins, Lilly is pondering which of her designer dresses to burn in the fireplace of her chic if sparsely furnished penthouse apartment. The problem is that it is wintertime, the United States has long since used up its fuel reserves, and if Lilly and her husband, Stephen, are to keep warm there is no alternative.

Down in the streets below people are fighting birds for berries, cutting down trees in the parks for fuel, and waiting in endless lines for meager government food handouts. Lilly and Stephen are also preparing for a party, albeit one in which both food and drink will be imagined rather than real. The guest of honor is to be their old friend, David, with whom both once had romantic involvement. When David arrives he is accompanied by his latest conquests, Chloe (a flower child) and Jonathan (a committed Catholic), who, like their predecessors, are competing for Davids amoral favors.

As the pretend party progresses the antic mood of the play grows increasingly more probing and serious, as questions are raised about the barren platonic relationship which Lilly and Stephen have settled for- Davids continued failure to commit himself, sexually or otherwise- and Chloe and Jonathans obsession with the evils of materialism (her) and gnawing personal guilt (him).

In the end human frailty is pitilessly excoriated but, at the same time, hopes are raised that the bitter lessons of the past, and present, will somehow be heeded, and that mankind may yet bring some semblance of order to the chaos and misfortune which his baser instincts have engendered.



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