In The Arms Of Baby Jesus
(a two act
Equity Workshop at
Abingdon Theatre Company, Fall
Playwrights Forum readings of
excerpts from new plays. In The Arms of Baby Jesus at the Playwrights
Horizon School, NY.
In The Arms of Baby Jesus
is about a homeless Vietnam Vet, Scottie, who seeks a place to
die in dignity. He lands a job
cleaning Jenny’s apartment, an elderly woman in the East Village.
They discover they are likened spirits.
Kenny, his drug-running street friend steals Jenny’s wedding rings
and a conflict ensures between the two “Vets.”
Scottie has to choose between the familiar anger that keeps him
alive, and the uncertain peace that he has learned from Jenny as he slowly
deteriorates from AIDS.
Early eighties. Italian
Late thirties. Sleek, tattooed, homeless Vietnam Vet.
thirties. Rough, street savvy,
New York, East Village railroad apartment.
Kitchen w/ back window, a small middle room with closet and couch,
and a bedroom w/ window on street front.
Off the bedroom window is a fire escape looking out onto the street
in front of Tompkins Square Park. Off
to extreme down right close to the fire escape is the next-door Library
stoop and small sidewalk area.
early morning, winter 1988. Cold
early evening, same day.
late night, same day.
early morning, the next day.
early morning, continuous.
later that morning.
Four: late that night.