Sheepskin
Sheepskin
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Gender stereotypes, power plays, and academia rise to crescendo in this darkly comic portrait of vanity and manipulation. Doctoral candidate Sharon arrives at the home of the professor assigned to oversee her dissertation. When they discuss her manuscript, his brutal criticism shocks her. As he uses his tenured position to exert power over her, she discovers strength in her own femininity and uses her allure to turn the tables. It’s a battle of the sexes as these two brilliant minds go head-to-head in this thrilling and comic character study.


SYNOPSIS


Sharon Sanders, a doctoral candidate in English, arrives at the home of Professor Wyatt Randall. He has just been appointed as a reader of her dissertation, the book-length project she has written to complete requirements for her degree. Initially he seems sympathetic, but when she returns to discuss the manuscript, his brutal criticism of her work shocks her. When he also implies that he expects sexual favors in exchange for his signature, she leaves in a fury. Not long after, however, she returns, oozing flattery and flirtation that soon win him over. But before he can formally approve her manuscript, outside forces intrude, and Randall finds himself trapped between official procedures and his own shenanigans. The result is a comic portrait of male vanity, female manipulation, and the academic environment in which such exploitation may flourish.  

QUOTE


Cahn establishes himself as a master of black comedy.

–United Press International


Characters:

Wyatt: 50-55, Professor of English. He is arrogant, but not without charm. Most of all, he enjoys using his secure position as a tenured professor to exert power over others, especially women.

Sharon: 30-35. A candidate for a Ph.D. in English. She initially presents a demeanor of innocence, but in the face of Wyatt’s rejection her mood darkens. It changes yet again when she uses her allure to subdue him. In sum, she manages to be both winsome and ruthless. 

Setting: A college professor’s living room

 

Victor L. Cahn has written numerous plays produced Off-Broadway and regionally, including Dally with the Devil (published by Steele Spring), Villainous Company, Roses in December, Fit to Kill, Embraceable Me, and Sherlock Solo, a one-man show that he performed. He is Professor Emeritus of English at Skidmore College, and author of more than a dozen books, among them five volumes on Shakespeare and critical studies of Harold Pinter and Tom Stoppard.  He is a member of the Dramatists Guild, Inc.

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Print Edition – Beautifully designed collection, available at wholesale costs to sell in your lobby!

Director's Script – Single-sided script with space for director’s notes. 

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