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“Holding Breath”

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Lanci, Gabriel (American playwright, February 18, 1940-____), “Holding Breath,”

a 10-minute drama in English, set in a hospital room, a summer afternoon, 1996,


© 1996 by Gabriel Lanci, script/rights available from Gabriel Lanci, 32 Baltimore Street, Lynn, Massachusetts 01902, U.S.A., telephone (home) 781-593-1085, (work) 781-593-1085, e-mail GabeLanci@aol.com. Cited by Gabriel Lanci, via ftp, June 16, 1998; _______ says,
Dramatis Personae _______ (m), an aging man; _______ (f), his daughter; _______ (f), ____________.

Synopsis “An aging man makes his daily visit to  his comatose teenage daughter in a large hospital.  She has been on life support for four years. His wife has died, and he is worried that he, too, may soon be unable to oversee care of what remains of his daughter.  He talks to her as if she could hear him and tells her of her mother's death and of his own fears.  In his mind, she comes back to life and attempts to resume where she left off. She  questions him about her life and her friends. She seems unaware of reality.  A sudden flash of impatience from her father drives her back into her comatose state. In desperation, he locks the door, disconnects the life support system, takes his daughter into his arms and sings to her until she stops breathing.  Someone tries the locked door and then pounds on the door, calling him to open it.  He gently places his child on the bed and walks firmly toward the door.”

Comment See also Gabriel Lanci’s

  • The Darkling Plain,” a 10-minute drama, in English, set in a rocky cliff near a mountain top in central Italy, a dark night in 771 A.D., 2m,
  • Light Falling On A Distant Shore,” a 30-minute suspense drama in English, set in conference room in city skyscraper, 3:00 p.m., business day, 1996-98, 3m1f
  • The Passion Play,” a 30-minute drama, in English, set in bar in an elegant restaurant, early evening, 1985 or any time since, 3m
  • Undine,” a 30-minute drama-fantasy in English, set beside a pool in a forest glade, dawn now and night long ago, 2m2f
  • Waiting for the Lion,” a 15-minute drama, in English, set in a a cave in the Jordanian desert, high noon in 430 AD, 1m1f
  • Water Songs,” a 10-minute drama, in English, set upstairs room in a large house by the sea, late afternoon, 1987 or any time after, 1f
  • Themes coma, death, euthanasia, family, father-daughter relationship, life support, medicine, reality, visit.

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