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CHARLES DEN TEX
Tele-Design International / TDI-Agency Holland
Charles den Tex (1952 Camberwell, Australia) studied photography and film in London; he worked as teacher of English as a foreign language in Paris and from 1980 on he worked as advertising copy writer and later communication and management consultANT in the Hague, the Netherlands. His experience of more than twenty years in Dutch business provides the background to his novels. they always deal with people who get caught up in situation that force them into action. Den Tex has created his own infectious brand of the action thriller in which the often bizarre circumstances of the modern world provide the backdrop for the adventures of his characters. Nothing is as strange as reality. In his stories he often uses current topics or settings. the international and multinational character of the Netherlands plays a strong part in his work. He wrote nine thrillers; seven were nominated for the "Gouden Strop" (Golden Noose), the annual crime fiction award in the Netherlands. He won the award twice. In 2002 for his book "SCHIJN VaN KaNS" (Chance in Hell), and in 2006 for "De MaCHT VaN MeNeeR MILLeR" (the Power of Mister Miller). One of his novels, CLaIM (1996), was made into a movie in 2001 by Martin Lagestee. the film starred Billy Zane en Louise Lombard. Charles den Tex translated a number of plays from English to Dutch: OU YOUTH (2003), TaPe (2005), DeMOCRaCY (2005) and SeXUaL PeRVeRSITY (2006). He translated and adapted the play SUCCeS (2006). "VOLMaaKT GeLUK" (Perfect Happiness) (2008) is his first play, written in co-operation with Peter de Baan.
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Tom, ellen and Mara have known each other for twenty years. Tom and ellen are happily married. they have no children. ellen is past the age that she can have children. Mara is single, a merchant banker, younger than ellen. She wants a child before it is too late, but she doesn't want a man. She wants a sperm donor. a perfect sperm donor. She wants Tom. they discuss it and as Mara's wish becomes more poignant, ellen's deception is revealed: because Tom didn't want children, she has always pretended not to want any either. She even had an abortion without telling him. Still, Tom fathers Mara's child and Mara sells Tom's company, making him enormously wealthy and putting aside enough for herself and her child. after the child is born, Mara feels compelled to tell ellen what has happened. She cannot live with the lie. ellen is shocked and furious. She forces Tom to sort things out. With an unexpected move Tom turns everything around and takes the child from Mara. It is now his child and ellen accept it as her own. Happiness seems like a choice and turns out to be a trap.
written by by Charles den Tex And Peter de Baan. Subsequent production: Pfalztheaters, Kaiserslautern / Germany in 2009
ReP Theatre, amsterdam / Holland 2008
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