Light in Darkness by R. J. Cardullo | Script Revolution

Light in Darkness

"Light in Darkness" concerns a masquerading moralist who campaigns (for a price) for the closing of brothels—until he realizes that he has been so successful, he’s putting himself out of business.

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“Lux in Tenebris” (1919), a one-act play by Bertolt Brecht.
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New York, 1919. Paddy, a former regular customer of Mrs. Hodge’s brothel, was ejected by this madam after he ran out of money. Out of anger, paired with primitive business acumen, Paddy erects a tent opposite the brothel in which he informs the local population about the evil consequences of prostitution Thus does he destroy the foundation of Mrs. Hodge’s business and fill his own pockets. But Paddy makes this calculating move without first consulting the madam: she naturally sees her trade endangered by Paddy, but she also sees, due to her “higher” knowledge of people and economics, the conditionality of Paddy’s quasi-moralistic enterprise and its paradoxical dependence on the continued existence of prostitution. Intent on maintaining his reputation and exacting his revenge, but not on giving up his money, Paddy—newly enlightened by Mrs. Hodge—now makes common cause with her and exchanges the role of this madam’s adversary, or rival, for that of her success-conscious business partner.

Submitted: January 12, 2021
Last Updated: January 12, 2021

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The Writer: R. J. Cardullo

A former university film teacher, I turned to screenwriting several years ago. I have also written film criticism for many publications. A New Yorker by birth, I grew up in Miami and was educated at the University of Florida, Tulane, and Yale. My last U.S. address was in Milford, Connecticut; I am now an expatriate residing in Scandinavia. Many of my scripts (both long and short) are adaptations of lesser-known works by well-known authors. I am happy to re-write, collaborate, or write on demand. Thanks kindly for any attention you can give my work. Go to bio

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