ZOO Story

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One Sunday afternoon, on a park bench in Central Park, PETER, (played by veteran South Florida actor/director, Jerry Jensen) an upper-middle-class family man and publishing executive, is reading a book on a bench.   JERRY, (played by visiting Italian actor, Diego Coscio, who reprises this role which he played at ALA) is the sloppily dressed transient who approaches PETER and announces that he is coming from the Central Park Zoo. Despite Peters apparent reluctance to chat, Jerry strikes up a conversation asking Peter questions about his life, his job, and his interests. When Peter finally begins to return Jerrys questions, Jerry tells him about his miserable flophouse apartment on the Upper West Side and describes his unsavory neighbors.  Jerry says he is completely alone in life. His parents died when he was young, and his only significant romantic relationship was a short liaison he had with another boy when he was a teenager.

Jerry promises to tell Peter about his trip to the zoo, but is sidetracked into telling Peter about his landlady, a drunken woman who constantly propositions him. When she got a dog, Jerry tried to befriend it, but the dog responded only by attacking him. After repeated and repudiated attempts at friendship, Jerry decided to kill the dog by feeding it a poisoned hamburger patty. Although this sickened the dog, it eventually recovered.

Peter finds this story extremely disturbing, and wonders why Jerry told it to him. Jerry explains that he tries to befriend animals as a gateway to befriending people. Jerry then tries to force Peter to move from the bench, and punches him when he refuses. Peter gradually becomes even more possessive of the bench.

Jerry pulls a knife and insists the men fight for the bench. This shocks Peter, who refuses to fight. As a gesture of peace, Jerry gives the knife to Peter, who holds the knife out to protect himself. Suddenly, Jerry charges Peter and impales himself on the knife. Although he is initially hysterical, Jerry soon calms down and accepts his death. He even thanks Peter, using his last energy to wipe Peters fingerprints off the knife handle so that Peter will not be accused of his murder. Peter takes his book and dashes off before passers-by notice that Jerry is dying.

MATURE AUDIENCES ONLY - Contains Brief Nudity


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