a 20-minute play in English, set in an open space, 2002,
• © 2002 by Reg Mitchell; in Reg Mitchell’s Garden of Remembrance (Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, United Kingdom: The Author, 2002); • script available from Stratford Playscripts, firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com; • rights available from Stratford Playscripts, 92 Loxley Road, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire CV37 7DS, United Kingdom, telephone (home) +44 (0) 1789 552479, e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com; contact Reg Mitchell, 92 Loxley Road, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire CV37 7DS, United Kingdom, telephone (home) +44 (0) 1789 552479, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. • Cited by Reg Mitchell, via ftp, October 18, 2002; Mitchell says,
§ Dramatis Personae Arthur (m), 60, well-dressed; Charity (f), 58, fairly shabby, well-spoken.
§ Synopsis “Charity enters, looking thoughtful, as voices off are saying good-byes. Arthur enters. They have re-met, after their divorce of twenty years ago, at the funeral of their son. Arthur is now a politician and peer of the realm whilst Charity has got overweight, an ex-musical comedy star who has gone to seed. Their exchanged memories of early marriage become more acrimonious. Charity, who had a strict upbringing before becoming a serial adultress, finally admits that Arthur was not the biological father of their son. To her surprise, Arthur admits knowing and of telling his son that fact. Every child, he says, has the right to know his true parentage. Charity bemoans the heavy guilt she has borne so many years. A car horn sounds, and Arthur bids her goodbye.
§ Comment “Simple setting. Garden bench. Occasional bird song. • Performed at Stratford-upon-Avon in 2002, part of an evening of short plays by local writers. Extremely well received.
§ Themes adultry, death, family, father-son relationship, fatherhood, funeral, middle-age, mother-son relationship, lengthy separation, marriage, parenting, reminiscence, two-hander.
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