Cumberland, ME, June 01, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- Drawing on a year spent at Tao House, the Eugene O'Neill National Historic in Danville, California and seven years as a faculty advisor to college Shakespeare productions, Canning has written a new play to complement his first novel.
The Cranial Equity Loan is a three-act satire of modern life, the banking industry and consumer credit played against the backdrop of the Melbourne Cup, the most prestigious horse race in Australia and possibly the biggest fashion event of the year. Horseplay in three acts.
High school English teacher and would-be novelist Stephen Murray has had it with his job and wants to quit. His colleague and friend Dave Mathers (who has taken out a home equity loan to live his dream of traveling around the world) suggests that Stephen try a cranial equity loan so that Stephen can quit his job and write a novel. Stephen goes to the local bank and meets with Mr. Conover who approves a loan of fifty thousand dollars.
Six months later, Stephen has a serious case of writer's block. Dave recommends penury and tells him that his first step should be gambling away all the money he has borrowed so that he will be able to suffer privation like other great writers. They decide to go to the racetrack and bet on the Melbourne Cup because with twenty-four horses running, Stephen
is sure to lose.
The Cranial Equity Loan
Author: Charlie Canning
Published: April 2013
Pages: 95 Pages
About The Author:
Charlie Canning taught English in Japan for ten years before enrolling in the PhD program in creative writing at the University of Adelaide. The Cranial Equity Loan was written over a four-month respite from work on The 89TH Temple, a novel of bullying and teen suicide set in Japan. It is as frivolous and light as The 89TH Temple is serious and dark.
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