Martin Kimeldorf's Shared Words

The Last Thing I Build (1993)

This dream-play begins when Jerry Fenner somehow finds himself drawn back down into the basement to be with his old friends the Table Saw, Computer, and Telephone. It is time for a final accounting. In the bowels of his home, Jerry confronts his unfinished plans, unfulfilled dreams, and his father’s expectations. Table Saw challenges Jerry to build one last project. Telephone interrupts him a great deal with a pesky ringing and glib comments.

At least, the Computer remembers what he wrote and why. As the life-journey from public school teacher, to writer, to alcoholic draws to an end, Jerry discovers what he has built. Then, the phone rings—one last time. Previously published in an international journal. In 1993 this play was published in the International Journal of Career Development, in Australia.

Godot Waits For Homeland Security (2003)

My last, very short, two-character play composed in the finest tradition of post-war nihilism. AmbiMan and ProtoMan begin in a café which morphs into a dental office, deal with the aftermath of precision bombing, and discuss headlines from blank newspaper pages. After traveling through the Valley of the Body Parts, they share a moment of friendship in a hot tub while surveying the apocalyptic landscape. Then it’s back to business as usual as each goes on to their respective glories. The play ends with the main character quoting a line form Oedipus Rex: “Oh to be wise when wisdom profits not.”

This 21st Century Godot-piece will tickle your funny bones, challenge your routine. Two early reviewers wrote:

“I am impressed by your writing content and style... but mostly impressed by the way it made me FEEL.  Enraged and yet able to laugh at the same time, that's weird. I want to re-read it…I am so grateful you were willing to share this with me the power of sarcasm is unlimited! (Andie Baumgartner, history teacher).

“This was a great read. I really love the hot tub scene with the body mannequin)... This play has a lot of levels... people will see what they are looking at in themselves.”
(Leslie VanLeishout, drama instructor)

The play produced in Portland, Oregon, London, NYC, and India at alternative theaters.

Help Wanted (1982 and during every recession since)

This play tells begins with the dreams of Frank Bolles, a wood mill worker, who someday wants to open up his own cabinet making shop. This dream includes making his (retarded) son Mike a business partner. The dream crashes with the economy in 1982 when Frank finds himself unexpectedly unemployed.

Frank tries want ads, career counselors, and selling “Spanway” products to his poker buddies—in an effort to make to find a new direction. Finally his pride and dreams are crushed under the stigma of unemployment when his wife and son both find a job—while he can’t. His relationship with his son, wife, and buddies deteriorates as Frank reaches his breaking point. The pathway back to normalcy is reached with the help of his son.

While the play deals seriously with the issue of unemployment, disabilities, and dreams—it is also laced with many humorous episodes. The play is designed for a simple set with a cast of 6-8 people (one of whom is handicapped). (1982).

Production History

March-95 help wanted published in International Journal Of Career Development, in Australia (vol. 7, issue 1)

DEC-84 Winner in the National Playwriting Contest Sponsored by Portland State University.

DEC-83. Reviewed in "Federal One" A Newsletter of the 1930's Culture.

1983...Finalist in the National Playwriting Contest conducted by the East Bay Center For The Performing Arts. Oakland, California. This playwriting contest had a focus upon the "handicapped experience"

1983...Finalist in the "Third Northwest Playwrights Conference" presented by the Seattle "Empty Space Theater".

"...(Kimeldorf) succeeds immediately in making the audience actually like his characters and with that to work on, his play takes off...the balance between political and human concerns is very good. His dialogue generally is good and a healthy dose of humor is mixed in to the drama."-

May,1,1983 reviewed by Bob Hicks in the Sunday Oregonian.

1983...Readers Presentation in Local#3-38 International Woodworker's Union (IWA) Hall In Shelton, Washington.

Comments from members of other IWA locals who read the play:

“The play really hit home for me...portraying how one can be caught in the middle between job, family and financial problems…” --member of local #3-130

"This plays is very true and real to life for these showed what it is like on the day-to-day level of being unemployed...and it has a meaningful lesson…” --wife of iwa member

Play & Politics

High Tech Fad—Low Tech Reality

Originally published in 1993 this essay by the two Kimeldorf brothers garnered many awards and was published internationally. This essay predicted how many of the high tech myths promising high pay knowledge workers would degenerate into low-pay, de-skilled jobs.

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