Playwrite Frank Gagliano

NIGHT OF THE DUNCE
 
 
YOUNG MAN: You see, Rudy—he's the leader of The Dunces—
Rudy decided to smash a few windows and make some noise

as a starter. Then, afterwards, Rudy plans to tear this place apart.


Roads End Branch of the public library is a decaying, ominous place, where no one comes to borrow books any more, despite the efforts of the staff to keep it a going concern. But the tension that hangs in the air affects the staff too, and they bicker among themselves, egged on
by the scheming young temporary staff member who has wormed his way into the head librarian's confidence.

Then, mysterious phone calls are received, shadowy figures lurk outside, and a pair of unknown young men drop in and prowl aimlessly about the stacks. The head librarian, Mrs. Vickers, is willing to believe that their interest is reading until the moment of seizure suddenly threatens, and the two young men turn out to be members of a gang of toughs calling themselves the Dunces. Their purpose is to take over the library and destroy it.

Surrounded and besieged, Mrs. Vickers and her staff wage a seesaw battle to protect what they have and hold back the tide of ugliness, which threatens to engulf them. In the end, the night of threatened evil continues unresolved, but the courage and resourcefulness, which have come forth to stave off destruction, remain resolute as the lights dim and the defenders wait uncertainly for the attack which is sure to come.