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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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  •  © 1998 by Rachel Rubin Ladutke;  •  script/rights available from Rachel Rubin Ladutke, 30-27 41st Street, #2R, Astoria, New York 11103-3423, U.S.A., e-mail rachel@rachelwrites.com, www.rachelwrites.com, telephone (home) 718-721-6083, (work) 212-875-7785, fax 718-721-7709.  •  Cited by Rachel Rubin Ladutke, via ftp February 14, 2000; Ladutke says,

  §  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.
 

See also Rachel Rubin Ladutke’s

 
  • Allegro,” a 40-minute drama in English, set in the kitchen of the family home in Connecticut and in an adoption agency in New York City, U.S.A., December, 1966 through June, 1967, 4f (with doubling)
  • Coda,” a 10-minute drama in English, set in the kitchen of a farmhouse in Connecticut, U.S.A., June, 1978, 2f
  • Coffee With Pearl,” a 12-minute drama in English, set on the streets of New York City, U.S.A., a winter afternoon, 2001, 1f
  • Different Gifts ,” a 10-minute children's theatre drama in English, set in the hallway of a school, around noon on a school day, 1998, 3m or 3f or any combination
  • Prelude,” a 10-minute comedy-drama in English, set in Western Connecticut, U.S.A., Sunday, July, 1946, 2f
  • Sowing The Seeds,” a 60-minute drama in English, set in Western Connecticut, U.S.A., noon, July, 1994, through noon the next day, 1m3f
  • Wheelies,” a 10-minute drama in English, set in a studio apartment in Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A., an afternoon in May, 1998, 1m1f
  • The Wisest of Fools,” a 10-minute comedy in English, set in the Rabbi's study, Chelm, a town in Poland populated by fools, Eighteenth Century, 3m1f

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