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“Evening Primrose in Ohio”

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Lichtig, Robin Rice, “Evening Primrose in Ohio,” a comedy-drama in English, set in a laundromat in southern Ohio, U.S.A., late afternoon, June, recent past,


  ©  1991 by Robin Rice Lichtig;  •  in  Robin Rice Lichtig’s Evening Primrose in Ohio (Boston: Baker’s Plays, n.d.)  script/rights available from Baker’s Plays, 100 Chauncy Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02111-1783, U.S.A., telephone 617-482-1280, fax 617-482-7613.;  • Robin Rice Lichtig,  780 West End Ave., #6F, New York, New York 10025, U.S.A., e-mail dramamama@nyc.rr.com, www.dramamama.net, telephone (home) 212-864-0201, fax 212-864-0201.  •  Cited by Robin Rice Lichtig via ftp March 21, 2002; Lichtig says,

  §  Dramatis Personae The Boy (m), 16, operator of Squeeky Kleen’s Laundry Lube; The Girl (f), a New Yorker, prep school student with an attitude.

  §  Synopsis “The Boy who runs Squeeky Kleen’s Laundry Lube is deeply disturbed by his best friend’s (his cat) untimely, bizarre demise—so disturbed, that he believes he’s rapidly disappearing! He feels like a bubble of emptiness inside him is taking over. He needs someone to validate his existence and reverse the process. Then, the Girl appears—a New Yorker with an attitude—who desperately wants to wash her stained dress that she needs in an hour to wear for her graduation ceremony. She doesn’t want to disappoint her father and wants to get on with the rest of her life. He needs the Girl to spend time with him to reestablish his reality. But somebody had been tie-dying something in the washing machine. The catastrophe in the laundromat causes her to miss the graduation. The Boy’s wondrous garden bridges the gap between their very different worlds.

  §  Comment “And what’s in the small box the Boy always carries? What interest do these two have in common that could bring them together?  •  This play won in competitions at The Actor’s Institute and TADA! in New York.  •  ‘Uniquely different, and touching . . .’—Lee Chandler, Artistic Director, Developmental Stages.”—Baker’s Plays Online Catalogue, http://www.bakersplays.com/catalog/index.html, January 15, 1998.

  §  Themes ceremony, death, first encounter, garden, graduation, laundromat, Ohio, prep school.

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