Ladutke, Rachel Rubin (American playwright, director, 1967-____), “Rondo,” a 10-minute drama in English, set in the kitchen of a farmhouse in Connecticut, U.S.A., an afternoon in September, 1957,
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§ Dramatis Personae Jason (m), 16, resentful of father; Grace (f), 45, mother.
§ Synopsis “On the day of his stepsister’s wedding, Jason confronts his mother Grace with evidence of his stepfather’s infidelity. Jason is determined to discuss this with his stepfather, but Grace is determined to save Molly’s wedding, and her own marriage.
§ Comment “One set, period costuming (1950s). • ‘Rondo’ premiered in the Riant Theatre One-Act Contest in March, 1999, in New York City; it was a Finalist and a Best Play nominee. It is part of a full-length evening, entitled Grace Notes, which depicts Grace’s life over a period of fifty years and which premiered at the Gemini Theatre in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.A., in February, 2000, as one of the winners of the Pittsburgh New Plays Competition; an excerpt appears in the Smith & Kraus anthology Best Women’s Monologues 1998. ‘Rondo’ stands on its own and offers strong performance opportunities for both actors.”
§ Themes 1950s,
family, stepfamily, teenagers, conflict, drama, ten-minute play.
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