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“One, Two, Buckle My Shoe”

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Rosenau, Anita H. (American playwright, 1923-____), “One, Two, Buckle My Shoe,”

a __-minute comedy-drama in English, set in a New York dingy, one-room basement apartment, 8:30 a.m. and after dinner on the same day, January, 2000,


 •  © 2000 by Anita H. Rosenau;  •  script/rights available from Anita H. Rosenau, 424 Sinclair Road Box 5667, Snowmass Village, Colorado 81615, U.S.A., e-mail Ahrosenau@aol.com, fax 970-923-3416.  •  Cited by Anita H. Rosenau, via ftp January 29, 2000; Rosenau says,

 §  Dramatis Personae Eldora Wright (f), 48, fairly-attractive struggling artist with low self-esteem; Loreen Greiner (f), 30, successful lawyer, a beautiful, slim blonde, Eldora’s daughter who was given up for adoption at birth; Harry Berkowitz (m), 60, Eldora’s landlord and suitor, kindhearted, Jewish.

 §  Synopsis “[scene i] Eldora, fed up with her life, tries suicide. Her attempt is unsuccessful because her daughter, Loreen arrives and intercedes. The daughter, given for adoption at birth, has chosen just this moment to locate her birth mother. The loss of Loreen’s adoptive mother and a recent rape have impelled her into this search. Finding Eldora almost dead, Loreen frantically revives her. Eldora is at first hostile to finding this stranger in her apartment. When Eldora finds her rescuer to be her daughter, she wants nothing to do with her. Gradually, Eldora wants to know more about the daughter she abandoned, and they begin a rapport. Loreen promises to return that night. She wants to take Eldora out for dinner. Eldora insists Loreen return and Eldora will fix dinner for them. [scene ii] After dinner, Harry, Eldora’s landlord, appears. This funny, kind, delightful man loves Eldora and even wants to marry her, but she has not felt worthy of his love and has attempted suicide before. Gradually, Eldora realizes she has much in her life for which to be grateful. Finding Loreen has given her a reason to live. Harry wants to introduce Loreen to his son.

 §  Comment “The play ends on an upbeat note. The setting in both scenes is the same, except that the place has been made a little more tidy. This play has had two staged readings: one sponsored by the Snowmass Club in Snowmass Village, Colorado, U.S.A., and the other sponsored by the Aspen Art Museum in Aspen, Colorado, U.S.A. The same actors performed in both staged readings.”

 §  Themes abandonment, adoption, death, despair, gratitude, landlord-tenant relationship, matchmaking, rape, reconciliation, search for birth mother, raison d’être, suicide.

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