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Langman, Peter Fabbri (American playwright, psychologist, 1960-____), “Secret Joy,”

a 10-minute drama in English in several scenes, set inside a rustic cottage in western Scotland, 19th century,

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; • © 2005 by Peter Fabbri Langman; • in Peter Fabbri Langman’s Secret Joy (Allentown, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.: The Author, 2003); • script/rights available from Peter Fabbri Langman, 18 South 25th Street, Allentown, Pennsylvania 18104, U.S.A., e-mail peterlangman@yahoo.com, telephone (home) 610-740-9449, (work) 610-799-7777. • Cited by Peter Fabbri Langman via ftp December 8, 2005; Langman says,

§ Dramatis Personae Angus Macpherson (m), middle-aged, fisherman; Mrs. Macpherson (f), middle-aged, Angus Macpherson’s wife.

§ Synopsis “The Macphersons have a daughter who is different from other young women. She spends time alone and doesn't mix with her peers. The people in the town are beginning to gossip about her, which has her mother distraught. Mrs. Macpherson convinces Angus to follow Mary and see what it is she does by herself. When Angus reports to his wife that Mary simply plays with a young seal on an island, the wife believes Mary has been bewitched by a silkie; Angus dismisses this as nonsense. They argue, with Mrs. Macpherson convincing Angus to get rid of the seal before it turns their daughter into a seal. Angus, against his will, shoots the seal, only immediately to regret this. Angus tells his wife how he saw two seals looking him in the eye before they dived, and how he knew Mary was never coming home.

§ Comment “This play is based on a Scottish folktale involving ‘silkies,’ magical creatures that can change back and forth from seals to humans. • The several scenes use the same setting, with changes indicated by lighting. • Premiered by the Stormy Weather Players as part of their Pregnant Chads New Play Festival, 2005.

§ Themes1800s, cottage, family, fisherman, gossip, husband-wife relationship, death, Scottish folktale, seal, shooting, witchcraft.



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