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“Home Movies”

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Russo, Steve (American playwright, printer, 19__-____), “Home Movies,”

a 55-minute comedy-drama in English, set in a modest residence in a small American city, 1995,

1m1f;  •  © 1995 by Steve Russo;  •  script/rights available from Popular Play Service, P.O. Box 1206, Woodbury, Connecticut 06798, U.S.A., e-mail popplays@wtco.net, telephone (work) 203 263-2546, fax 203 263-6232, http://www.popplays.com.  •  Cited by Popular Play Service, via ftp November 10, 1999; Popular Play Service says,

  §  Dramatis Personae Norma (f), 19-71, Carl’s wife, patient and steadfast, suffering from erratic memory; Carl (m), 22-73, Norma’s husband, dogged by insecurity and self-doubt.

  §  Synopsis “Norma has always liked to make home movies. She can wave at the kids and imagine they are still small and waving back to her. So she’s glad when she sees that Carl has set up the video camera. But Norma is so forgetful that she does not remember Carl’s plan—that they are to explain to the camera so their son and daughter will understand why they are about to carry out a suicide pact. However, Norma’s endless comments and questions get in the way of the plan. She so exasperates Carl that he cannot get started with the filming of their final moments. She keeps remembering moments from their past: their first honeymoon, their disastrous second honeymoon, their separation, their reconciliation, and, finally, the night they went to the prom—leading to a touching reaffirmation of life.

  §  Comment “One scene weaves, through suggestion and lighting, back and forth between the present and the past. There is no formal set. Various locals—both interiors and exteriors—are suggested minimally. We see a real VCR camera on a tripod. All other furnishings, utensils, and objects are implied, or by readily portable and multipurpose benches, tables, chairs, etc. Showcase two of your best in this two-hander.”

  §  Themes family, father-daughter relationship, father-son relationship, first honeymoon, home movie, marriage, memory, mother-daughter relationship, mother-son relationship, pact, prom, reaffirmation, reconciliation, second honeymoon, senior, separation, suicide, video camera.

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