No More Today
(a two act drama)
Films, New Century Writers, 2004.
for the Christopher Brian Wolk Award for 2003.
Theatre Company, NY reading Fall 2003 & staged reading
Winter 2004. Coffee
Club Cafe, Montclair, NJ reading of play scheduled Fall 2003.
Conspiracy, 6th Annual New Play Contest, finalist 2003
Playwrights Forum readings of
excerpts from new plays. Rattlesticks Theatre, NY, Spring 2002.
Final round in the National
Playwrights Conference at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre.
is 1946, the aftermath of World War II and Miss May, with the
help of Rosa, her clever domestic worker, has been running the
family hardware store for four years while her son was fighting
Buddy returns home with a French wife who accidentally
starts another war in the small town of Clover, Mississippi.
Miss May is forced to choose between the life of her
wartime companion’s son and the future of her own son as the
returning soldiers try to rekindle the ways of their “Old
in order of appearance:
Early forties: Family
domestic worker. She
has a special relationship with her employer.
They have spent the war years struggling together.
She is a widow with a teenage son and grown daughter.
Still very beautiful despite her hard life.
Elizabeth May Delaney (Miss
May), mid fifties.
Very set in her ways yet having really found herself
during the past years as she has successfully kept the family
hardware business going.
A penny pincher and all-by-the-rules type of
Jeannine Pelletier Delaney
(Jenny), early twenties, French. High
spirited and full of joy to be in this new land of the free
and away from war torn France. She is stubborn and wants things to go her way.
Still a child in many ways despite the terror she had
gone through during the war.
Buddy Delaney: late
He is a haunted man not only by his war experiences,
but also by the memory of what his father taught him to be.
He is excited by the exotic qualities of a French
bride, but impractical about his responsibilities.
Always escaping from the here and now.
Shelby Jackson, late
Buddy’s “big brother” and father’s best friend,
though they are not blood related.
Shelby has been the leader, the ideal man to Buddy and
Sheriff in the town before the war and now after the war.
He will and has gone to any length to get what he
desires and what he really desires is forbidden.
Scene One, The First
Supper: Late April. Early evening.
Scene Two, The Wedding: The first morning.
Three, The Honeymoon: Later that night.
Scene One, The
Morning After: The
Two, The First Fight. That
Scene Three, The Silence. That night.
Scene Four, The Goodbyes. Later that night.
The kitchen is in a house
near the center of Clover, Mississippi town square in an
There is a high ceiling, possibly a fan.
There are three entries; from the dinning room where
the telephone table is located (seen through the frame
walls) which also leads to the front door of the house, from
the back hallway where the bedrooms and bath are located,
and from the back porch (seen).
The appendix rooms are implied with structural
framing so the characters can be seen as they cross into the
extreme areas. The
kitchen is realistic and mostly functioning.
There is a mirror on the back of the kitchen door
that leads into the bedroom area.
The furniture is depression style.
Kitchen table, four chairs, rocking chair, a shelf
with knickknacks, an ancient electric icebox, oven, stove,
sink, cabinets and counters.
The screened porch has a bench, an old Maytag (or
other brand circa 1920) washing machine, and clothesline
outside on the exposed porch.
There are near constant sounds from
outside the house that invade the kitchen environment:
During the day, the children
are playing through the backyard and along the side of the
A mule drawn brush wagon passes on the street, which
is located at the front of the house. In the hot afternoons, there are occasional burst of cicadas
and chattering birds from the backyard trees.
It is not constant, but insistent throughout the day
scenes. On the
cooler day only the birds are heard.
At night, there is a constant
buzzing of night crickets and cicadas. The sounds in the Mississippi night are full of life,
constant, unrelenting, a chorus of dissonant buzzing and
clicking and chirping.
It has a unique spirit that echoes through the
Recorded: (Could possibly use existing actors as the recorded
Diane and Wanda:
Two little girls around ten years old. Mr.
Collins (brush man) & mule wagon. Radio
Train and whistle.
Truck & car
coming and going in back driveway. Cicadas