This short play was first performed as part of a workshop production of King of the United States, directed by the author at Theater for the New City in May, 1972.


MAN DOCTOR: Harold, are you sick or not sick?


WOMAN DOCTOR: Patient claims illness. However there is no visible external evidence of disappearance upon casual observation....

MAN DOCTOR (cutting off Harold, the dummy’s, foot): Foot.

WOMAN DOCTOR (receiving it): Foot.

MAN DOCTOR: Pending further examination in lab, normal and fit.

WOMAN DOCTOR: Foot normal and fit.

Published by Dramatists Play Service in Seven Short and Very Short Plays by Jean-Claude van Itallie.