The White Pages by Jonathan Dorf

Comedy/ 4 Characters, 2 Men, 2 Women/ One Act

Synopsis: Thirtysomething insurance adjuster Robert brings three used classics to Book Traders Book Store to exchange. When he gets a book with blank pages in return, he believes it to be an error. Nancy, the store owner, supplies him with another book, this one also blank.

Even as Robert protests, satisfied and willfully oblivious customers come in to trade for more blank books. Finally, Robert fights back: armed with pens and ultimately a typewriter, he occupies the store and recreates —to the best of his recollection — the classic novels that Nancy and her nephew, Toto, have been disemboweling and replacing with white pages.

“The high spot of the afternoon . . . was Jon Dorf’s manically funny The White Pages . . .”
– CVI Weekly (Charlottesville, Va.)

“. . . very definitely funny.”
– The Daily Progress (Charlottesville, Va.)

The White Pages . . . is a zany farce with a touch of gentle satire.”
– Frontiers (Los Angeles, Ca.)

“Funny and unexpectedly psychotic . . . its premise is undeniably interesting.”
– Suburban and Wayne Times (suburban Philadelphia, Pa.)

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About the Playwright: Jonathan Dorf has had his plays produced across the United States, as well as in several foreign countries, including stagings of his work by Walnut Street Theatre, Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey, Ensemble Studio Theatre – LA and the Pittsburgh New Works Festival. Mr. Dorf is the co-chair of the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights, the former managing director of the Philadelphia Dramatists Center and a member of the Dramatists Guild of America. He has also written several produced short screenplays and a number of feature scripts.

In addition to writing for stage and screen, he serves as the resident playwriting expert for Final Draft: he created “Ask the Expert” Playwriting for their scriptwriting software and also writes a column about playwriting for their website. He is resident playwriting expert for The Writers Store, for whom he created Playwriting, and he also contributes regularly to their e-zine. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College with a degree in dramatic writing and literature and holds an MFA in playwriting from UCLA. He is available to playwrights and screenwriters as a script consultant.

The War of the Buttons was first performed at the Haverford School, Haverford, Pennsylvania in 1999. It awaits its first professional production.