The Count of One by Gary L. Blackwood

Drama/ 3 characters, 1 Man, 2 Women/ Full Length, Two Acts

Synopsis: (from The Carmel Pine Cone): “The Count of One concerns Dian, a burned-out hypnotherapist, who evokes John Wilkes Booth from her new patient, Stuart, while he is ‘under.’ At first, she thinks the tranced-out Stuart is simply identifying with the famous assassin, but deeper into the sessions, she begins to realize she is conversing with Booth himself and she becomes privy to some startling information.” Based on a true incident.

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About the Playwright: Gary L. Blackwood’s first published novel, Wild Timothy (Atheneum), was a Weekly Reader Book Club selection and was translated into several languages. The Dying Sun (Atheneum) was voted Best YA Novel of 1989 by Friends of American Writers. Moonshine (Cavendish) was named a Notable Children’s Book of 1999 by Smithsonian Magazine. The Shakespeare Stealer (Dutton) was a Junior Library Guild Selection, a Scholastic Book Club selection, and one of School Library Journal’s Best Books. The American Library Association placed it on its lists of Notable Children’s Books and Best Books for Young Adults. The sequel, Shakespeare’s Scribe, is a Smithsonian Notable Book and an ALA Best Books for Young Adults.Mr. Blackwood’s stage plays have been produced in regional and university theatres. As winner of the 1993 Missouri Scriptworks, Dark Horse, a historical courtroom drama, was given a staged reading in St. Louis; the following year it won a playwriting competition at the Ferndale Repertory Theatre, where it was given a full production. His stage adaptation of Edith Wharton’s Ethan Frome is published by Baker’s Plays, and an adaptation of The Shakespeare Stealerpremiered at The Kennedy Center in March, 2002.

The Count of One was first produced by Festival of Firsts at the Carl Cherry Center for the Arts, Carmel, California in October, 2001.