Barrie, Shirley (Canadian playwright, arts administrator, 1945-____), “Madhouse,”
a 10-minute black comedy in English set in the basement corridor of a hospital, late evening, 2000,
• © 2000 by Shirley Barrie; • script/rights available from Brooklyn Publishers, Odessa, Texas, U.S.A., ISBN 1-931000-52-2, or Shirley Barrie, 462 Clendenan Avenue, Toronto Ontario M6P 2X6, Canada, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, telephone (home) 416-762-7050, fax 416-762-8769. • Cited by Shirley Barrie via ftp, February 28, 2001; Barrie says,
§ Dramatis Personae Stephanie (f), 16, funeral home operator.
§ Synopsis “After her father’s death, Stephanie deeply resents having to help with the family business of running a funeral home. From scaring away potential boyfriends, to having her hair cut with the same clippers that are used on the dead, to picking up a body at the madhouse in the middle of the night, it seems her ‘life of weirdom’ will never end. But a conversation with the dead madman helps her begin to come to terms with her life.
§ Comment “A blackly comic
look at a not-so-normal teenage.”
§ Themes charity, fear of
difference, grief, loss, maturation, memory, resentment.
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