Jungle Rot

Jungle Rot $13

Seth Greenland

Published by Dramatists Play Service

8 Male 3 Female

John Stillman is an unassuming CIA station chief posted in the Congo in 1960. His lagging career gets an unexpected shot in the arm when he receives a cable from the Eisenhower White House telling him to assassinate the Congo's Prime Minister, Patrice Lumumba

Dr. Felix Bender, a CIA assassin, will be coming to supervise a plan that is to include poisoned lipstick, a dinner party and the attempted seduction of the Congolese leader by an American agent

Stillman is horrified by the assignment and is further shocked when his wife, Patience, a preppie social climber, declares that killing Lumumba would be a great career move

When Bender's assistant takes sick, it is Patience who must step into the breach and seduce Mr. Lumumba. Into this mix come Bud Bradshaw, an auto parts salesman from Schenectady, and his dizzy wife, Alice

They are searching the Congo for their daughter who has run off with an African exchange student. The night of the dinner party arrives, but John gets cold feet

As Patience does her level best to seduce the Prime Minister, John cracks under the pressure and announces to everyone what he's been assigned to do

Bud and Alice, who have crashed the party, are swept into the farce with deadly results: poor, hapless Bud ends up giving Patience mouth-to-mouth, only to die from her lip poison - and revive later when it wears off. Disillusioned, John resigns, and he and Patience leave for the states, though not together

At the gate, he attempts a mock assassination of his wife, but after all she's seen, his Lady Macbeth is just not impressed

Can be performed by a cast of 10 with the actress playing Patience Stillman doubling as Miss Rendelbaker

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