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David Elliot Brown playwright of the year 2003


Brown, David Elliot (Scottish playwright living in Germany, December 26, 1964-____), “Sally Faces Up,”

a 20-minute drama in English, set in a cold doorway to a shop, Edinburgh, Scotland, Christmas, 2004,

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; © 2004 by David Elliot Brown; • in David Elliot Brown’s Sally Faces Up (Eitorf, Germany: The Author, 2004), 16 pp.; • script/rights available from David Elliot Brown, Krabachtalstr 12 53783, Eitorf, Germany, e-mail dbrown8953@aol.com, http://www.writewords.org.uk/. • Cited by David Elliot Brown via e-mail, February 22, 2004; Brown says,

§ Dramatis Personae Eddie (m), old and weather beaten; Sally (f), old beyond her young years.

§ Synopsis Sally passes a doorway in which Eddie sits trying to keep warm wrapped in his sleeping bag out of the wind. She pauses and challenges his gaze. Eddie, who alludes to himself in third person, sympathizes about her feeling the cold. She spurns his kind words and the whole Christmas scene. Eddie channels her Grandfather Archie, then her mother. As Sally fears these voices, Eddie tries to soothe her and explains the voices come and plague him. He starts to convulse. She panicls and moves to leave, but Eddie’s shaking stops her. Eddie vacillates between being himself and her husband Billy, whose harangues veer on sexual assault. Sally presses to learn how Eddie can describe her life that he cannot know, such as Billy’s reference to Cramond Beach, her mother’s name for her, her granddad’s calling her a wee butterfly. Eddie urges her to be on her way but worries about her feeling the cold. Another shaking fit sweeps over him. He talks of the sea until as he as Billy curses Sally, calls her a whore, grabs her. Eddie raises his hand but stops midway and shakes as if battling himself for control. Sally makes to leave, but her Grand’s voice arrests her, and she tries to speak to him. But Eddie says Grand’s gone. Sally demands that Eddie explain those voices. “Are they real or are you just mad, old bastard?” Eddie in another spasm channels Sally, revealing her battle with alcoholism, then he reacts as if being beaten. Again as Sally, he depicts her suffering from Billy’s jealousy. As Eddie, he extends understanding and sympathy to her about Billy’s brutality. Eddie as Mother tells Sally to accept her lot from this decent husband, Billy. Eddie coughs and shakes. Sally grows solicitous. Eddie says, “Its death catching up. Only a matter of time. Can’t run forever.” Sally stands up to Eddie as Billy, declaring her independence, rejecting Billy’s excuses for having sexually abused their daughter. Sally, in a moment of tenderness, reminisces about the early good times with Billy. Eddie as Mother berates Sally about abandoning the daughter. Eddie as Billy lures Sally. Eddie as Grumpa protects her. Eddie as himself, asks her to believe in herself, to take responsibility for her actions, to go back to her child. He asks about Cramond Beach, and she finally tells him. There Billy had betrayed and beaten her. Disoriented about then and now, she puts a knife to Eddie’s throat. He begs for his life as Billy had under her attack. This relaxes her. Eddie coaxes her to stop running, as the authorities will know she was right to defend herself. He observes the weather, “Might be snow. A nice white Christmas. I like seeing people happy.” Sally teases him on having said I for the first time and shares her new attitude. “I cant remember a winter so cold. I should be there to kiss Madeleine good night. Be there to pick her up when she falls. Just be there, that’s all that matters. Just being there. You’re right, old yin. I’ve got to face up to things. Move on. I´ll go see Madeleine first, eh? Then go to the police? What you think, auld yin?” But Eddie has gone. His disappearance hits her hard. “Don’t leave me now. I’ve made a decision. Don’t you want to know? Old bastard. She picks up the sleeping bag. Even forgot your scabby old sleeping bag. Stupid old cunt you’ll freeze to death. She drops the sleeping bag and makes to exit. She turns round one more time. Stupid auld bastard. She exits.”

§ Comment Premiered in in the Attori in Cerca d´Autore festival, Theatre Politeama Brancaccio, Via Merulana 244, Rome, Italy, telephone 0647824893, September 20-21, 2004. • David Elliot Brown is married to Claudia Brown, a German make-up artist who worked with Kevin Spacy on the film Beyond the Sea. They live in Eitorf, Germany. David Elliot Brown is married to Claudia Brown, a German make-up artist who worked with Kevin Spacy on the film Beyond the Sea. They live in Eitorf, Germany.

§ Themes abandonment, alcoholism, channeling, Christmas, family, homelessness, mother-daughter relationship, paranormal, parenting, reminiscence, self-regard, sexual abuse.



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