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“The End”

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Stocking, Valerie (American playwright, abridger, audio editor, 1954-____), “The End,”

a bare-stage 10-minute drama in English, set anywhere, the present,

1f; • © 2002 by Valerie Stocking; • in Valerie Stocking’s The End (Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Peppermint Press, 2002); • script/rights available from Valerie Stocking, 2963 Plaza Blanca, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87507-6518, U.S.A., e-mail vstocking@nets.com, telephone (home) 505-474-8190. • Cited by Valerie Stocking via ftp November 2, 2003; Stocking says,

§ Dramatis Persona Mona (f), 45, a childless woman.

§ Synopsis “Mona, who has spent her life living independently and never wanting children, is suddenly faced with a need for a hysterectomy due to uterine cancer. She reflects upon her life’s choices, repeating, 'Why should I care?' But now that it is too late, she does.

§ Comment “'The End' is simple to stage, requiring no props, setting or costuming. Actresses from 30-50 have successfully used this as an audition piece. • ‘The End’ had had staged readings at the Gargoyle Theatre, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, U.S.A., and at the Last Frontier Theatre Conference, in Valdez, Alaska, U.S.A. The Culture Project premiered ‘The End’ in New York City. The Vortex Theatre produced it in Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.A. Peppermint Press published it online. • Valerie Stocking was a finalist with the 15-minute ‘Alien Love Story’ in North Bay Theatre Group-Sonoma County Rep’s Scripts Festival.

§ Themes childlessness, choice, hysterectomy, sarcasm, satire, uterine cancer.

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