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Croy, Dick (American playwright, novelist, screenwriter, 1943-____), “Bedtime Stories,”

a 25-minute (slice of life) drama in English, set in Midwestern America, over a four-day period, summer, 2002,

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; • © 2002 by Dick Croy; • in Dick Croy's Bedtime Stories (Marietta, Ohio, U.S.A.: The Author, 2002); • script/rights available from Dick Croy, 130 Warner Street, Marietta, Ohio 45750, U.S.A., e-mail publisher@watershedbooks.com, telephone (home) 740-373-0253, (work) 740-350-4292, fax 740-373-0253. • Cited by Dick Croy via ftp April 2, 2002; Croy says,

§ Dramatis Personae Cork Rockner (m), 45, son of Mrs. Rockner, brother of Susan; Mrs. Rockner (f), 75, mother of Cork and Susan; Susan (f), 35, daughter of Mrs. Rockner, sister of Cork.

§ Synopsis “[Scene i] In lawn chairs in Mrs. Rockner’s back yard Cork fields his mother’s complaints about growing old and tries to be sympathetic while offering his own brand of ‘tough love’ which he intends as good advice. She’d like a lot less advice and more sympathetic companionship and doesn’t hesitate to tell Cork what she thinks about his notions of death and dying from someone who hasn’t been there. [Scene ii] In the same chairs the next day, Cork and his sister, Susan, discuss their mother’s plight and Cork’s inability to give her what she wants most: an unequivocal expression of his love. [Scene iii] The day after that, it’s Susan and Mrs. Rockner’s turn to put Cork under their conversational microscope. [Scene iv] A couple of days later, Cork and his mother do their best to reconcile, each giving something lacking in the other.

§ Comment “What this short synopsis leaves out is the humor all three characters bring to their encounters, partly as shield and partly in love and generosity of spirit. Cork, who has become caretaker for his mother with ‘tough love,’ perhaps is too self-aware at the expense of feelings. Mrs. Rockner’s great sense of humor is yielding to bitterness because of the hand life has dealt her at the end; Susan, a successful businesswoman on the West Coast, warm and thoughtful to her family, drops in on her mother (and brother) when she can. • Four scenes as described above. Props: two lawn chairs. • A couple of readings but no real production history.”

§ Themes brother-sister relationship, death, dying, family, mother-daughter relationship, mother-son relationship, old age, support.

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