Cook, Kay K. (American playwright, professor, 1939-____), “. . . And Sarah Laughed: A Play about Breast Cancer,”
a comedy-drama in English set in Boulder, Colorado, 1996,
1m3f (+ extra);
• © 1991 by Kay K. Cook, script/rights available from playwright, Department of Language & Literature, Southern Utah University, Cedar City, Utah 84720, U.S.A., telephone (home) 435-586-0559, (work) 435-586-7837, fax 435-865-8169. Cited by playwright via e-mail Cook@suu.edu April 3, 1996; Cook says,
§ Dramatis Personae Sarah (f), breast cancer victim; First Woman in Chorus (f), member of Sarah’s support group; Second Woman in Chorus (f), member of Sarah’s support group; _______ (m), ______; _______ (_ extra), ______;
§ Synopsis “Two women in chorus become Sarah’s support group. Their interaction with one another discloses their strong bond and anger about their treatment, especially from the medical profession and medical research.
§ Comment “‘. . . And Sarah Laughed: A Play About Breast Cancer’ explores the feelings of women confronted with breast cancer in a society that places emphasis on breasts as an emblem of female sexuality. The public perception of breasts compounds the blow to identity from this life-threatening disease, until lately hidden, covered up, held secret. Sarah reaches toward wholeness in fighting a disease that strikes one in eight American women. The play explores the role of laughter—sassy, arrogant, outspoken—by which women gain notice. The allusion is Hebrew: Sarah laughed at God when she heard she would bear a child at age 90—and he heard her. That is to say, patriarchal society hears women only when they laugh, when they ‘act out.’ • The minimalist set allows easy segue of ten overlapping scenes without physical changes. Slides for backdrop projections are available from the playwright. • The play premiered as part of Women’s History Month at Southern Utah University, Cedar City, Utah, U.S.A.”
§ Themes act out, allusion, American women, anger, backdrop projections, breast cancer, breast, chorus, disease, disease, female bonding, female sexuality, identity, laughter, medical profession, medical research, minimalism, patriarchal society, perception, secret, support group, wholeness, woman, women’s history.
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