Due to overwhelming public demand…
The unexpected popularity of our play-in-two-lines entitled “Wherein Bob Gets the News” has emboldened the 68Comeback Theatre Company (formerly 68Comeback Theatre and also for a brief, unproductive period during the middle of last night, The 68Comeback Players), encouraging us to believe there is such a market for our product an audience for our particular brand of rough and tumble, no holds barred drama.
And so, with that, we would like to present to you, our readers, our second such undertaking and a ‘prequel’ of sorts; this play-in-two-lines representing our first – and hopefully not our last* – foray into history itself: a reenactment of the day Bob Dylan received the news about what Steve Earle said about him. Ladies and gentlemen, the 68Comeback Theatre Company proudly presents to you, “The Best Songwriter in the Whole World.”
It’s a cheerful, sunny day in Bob Dylan’s kitchen. Bob is listening to music on his walkman. Prince is bleeding out from the headphones; he has the volume turned very high, and he is practicing imaginary spins and microphone dips.
Bob’s bodyguards, seated casually but attentively at the table, are reading different sections of the newspaper.
Bodyguard #1 – “Sez here that Steve Earle sez, ‘Townes Van Zandt is the best songwriter in the whole world and I’ll stand on Bob Dylan’s coffee table in my cowboy boots and say that.’
Heh-heh. There’s no need to worry about anyone standing on your coffee table, Mr. Dylan.”
Bob Dylan (shouting over the music in his ears) – “Especially not that guy – isn’t he in jail?” (executes a perfect 1080 degree spin).
*add warm chuckle here