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“At Land’s End”

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Steinour, Marcus (American playwright, October 17, 1930-____), “At Land’s End,”

a 35-minute seniors drama in English, set at the beach, vacation time, 1997,


© 1997 by Marcus Steinour, 10535 Lincoln Way West, St. Thomas, Pennsylvania 17252, U.S.A., telephone (home) 717-369-2827, script/rights available from Samuel French, Inc., 45 West 25th Street, New York, New York 10010, U.S.A., telephone 212-206-8990, fax 212-206-1429. Cited by Marcus Steinour, via ftp March 30, 1999; Steinour says,

Dramatis Personae The Man (m),  The Woman (f).

Synopsis “The last trip of an elderly couple, designated asThe Man and The Woman, to Land’s End.  This is a favorite resort they have visited for forty-four years.  We learn their foibles, their past, their hobbies; and theircharacter. Though she tries to hide her terminal illness, The Woman throws hints as she refers to her sickness, her sleepiness, etc.  The couple relax, discuss plans, reminisce, fight and finally prepare to return home.  Before leaving, The Woman must tell her husband point blank that she will not be returning next year and that he must face the future alone.  She compares the end of her life to the end of the land.  But, she explains, he is like the two little islands that stretch beyond Land’s End.  He must survive and live on without her.  Finding it hard to accept, he leads her off with the promise that both will returnagain, even if he has to wheel her in on a kiddy car. Affectionately, they bid farewell to Land’s End, both announcing they will return.”

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Themes family, farewell, fight, foible, hobby, home, last trip, long-term relationship, marriage, memory, metaphor, optimism, plan, promise, relaxation, reminiscence, resort, return, survival, terminal illness, widowhood.


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