(a play about memory)
Play in Development – early draft
id-iots playwriting group development 2009-2010.
id Theatre Company, excerpt
Play reading NYC, 2010.
Jenny finds herself unable to take care of herself. She is moved to the hospital, then a
nursing home. Her daughter struggles
to do the right thing for her, but is caught up in the politics and
bureaucracy of the medical system.
While the turmoil of settling her into her new life evolves, Jenny
slowly slips into dementia and starts seeing her reality as segments of
relived past from her childhood in war torn France, to coming to America as a
bride. Each turn of her present
situation triggers a memory from her journey through life in pursuit of her
Characters: (clustered names signify roles for one
- (Jenny) Jeannine Pelletier Delaney: French/Southern. Plays various ages. Actress in late twenties.
- (Katie) Katherine May Delaney: Jenny’s daughter. Southern/NYC. Early fifties.
- (Buddy) Robert John Marshall Delaney : Jenny’s husband. Southern. Late twenties.
- Michael, male nurse, Southern Late
Social Worker, Southern
- (Robbie) Robert Delaney: Jenny’s son. Southern. Mid fifties.
Young Robbie (twenties)
Henry, Buddy’s friend. Southern
François Pelletier: Jenny’s father. French. Mid fifties.
- (Arty) Artemis Simons: nursing home resident. Southern- farm country. Mid eighties Attorney, NYC, older.
(Waiter) Garcon French. Late twenties. French. Older
- Hospital Nurse, Southern.
Jackie: Female nurse, Southern
Jenny’s caregiver. Southern.
Pines Staffer, Southern
Jacqueline: Jenny’s girlfriend. French.
Time, Place, and Set:
The play takes place in many locations and many times,
Present day from 1940. But the only
furniture on stage is a set of patio furniture, preferably black iron rather
than plastic. The chaise is used as a
bed, the table and chairs as a dining room, café, seating in the nursing
home, etc. The cart is used for props
needed for various scenes. The scene titles are projections that
lead into and fade out during each new scene.
Of course, this won’t happen if there’s no budget for it.
The sounds define location and heightened emotions for
Jenny. They must always be organic to
the time and location of the scenes.
- Backyard Cicadas, birds, and
- Train whistle and crossroad
- Hospital hallway on tiled floors
- Nursing home hallway echoes on
- Parisian city streets and café
- Movement and kitchen activities
- Cathedral echoes and distant
- Nursing home echoes of Baptist
singing and preaching
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