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“A Cross to Bear”

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Schaefers, Schatzie (American playwright, morning radio personality, theatre director, 1971-____), “A Cross to Bear,”

a 10-minute dark comedy in English, set in the living room of a home in a trashy trailer park, Anchorage, Alaska, U.S.A., early evening, December 25, 2004,

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; • © 2004 by Schatzie Schaefers; • in Schatzie Schaefers’ A Cross to Bear (Valdez, Alaska, U.S.A.: The Author, 2004); • script/rights available from Schatzie Schaefers, 8381 Stratton Circle, Anchorage, Alaska 99507, U.S.A., e-mail squatsified@yahoo.com, telephone (home) 907-243-4653. • Cited by Schatzie Schaefers via ftp January 17, 2004; Schaefers says,

§ Dramatis Personae Josh (m), 18, Mom’s son, a carpenter, good-hearted; Mom (f), 32, a harpie, drinker and smoker.

§ Synopsis “Josh on his eighteenth birthday returns home from his construction job. His harping, disapproving mother greets him while his drunken stepfather, Joe, sleeps in the next room. Josh carries in two long 2x4’s and some tools. He is building some sort of device, but even he doesn’t know its purpose. Mom wearies of his weird behavior; of his friends following him around in a growing pack, of rumors about his performing miracles all over town, and of his constant talk about his ‘real’ father. Josh, unfulfilled by carpentry and trailer park life, confides to his mother that he and his friends plan a mysterious journey. In an effort to ‘save’ his mother from her grim life, Josh tries to convince her to abandon the abusive stepfather and join Josh on the journey.

§ Comment “One continuous scene. Trashy furniture, living room setting. Characters derive loosely from biblical characters Mary and her son, Jesus in a modern-day situation. Includes a brief voice-over of a yoga instructor at the beginning. Not a religious play, intended for mature audiences. Some strong language. • Written and produced for Alaska Overnighters in Anchorage (Three Wise Monkeys Productions). • Anchorage Daily News reviewer Catherine Stadem called the play ‘funny and thought-provoking.’”

§ Themes birthday, alcoholism, cross, duty, faith, fathers, journey, manhood, miracle, peace, stepfather-stepson relationship, trailor park, yoga.



See also Schatzie Schaefers'

  • "Charity Ball," a 30-minute comedy in English in three scenes, set in a Mexican restaurant in Anchorage, Alaska, U.S.A., a hotel ballroom in Seattle, Washington, U.S.A., a hotel room in Seattle, Washington, U.S.A., April 25, 2004; 10:00 p.m., May 7, 2004; 10:30 p.m., May 7 2004, 1m2f
  • "Skid Marks," a 12-minute dark comedy in English, set in an apartment living room, 4:00 a.m., Saturday, 2004, 1m1f
  • "Symbiosis," a 20-minute comedy in English, set in urban bachelor pad, U.S.A., 5:00 p.m., a weeknight, 2004, 2m1f
  • "The TiVo Tribe," a 40-minute comedy in English in three scenes, set in an apartment in Valdez, Alaska, U.S.A., 6:00 p.m., Saturday, February 21, 2004, 2m1f

This Website continues under construction and welcomes new citations and comments.

Page mounted January 18, 2004, and updated September 21, October 13, 15, 2004, by the Webmaster.

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