Steelsmith, Mary J. (American playwright, actor, 19__-____), "Bedside Companion,"
a 36-minute drama in English set in a hospital room, May, 1996,
© 1996 by Mary Steelsmith; • script/rights available from Players Press, P. O. Box 1132, Studio City, California 91614-0132, telephone 818-789-4980, e-mail email@example.com; • contact Mary Steelsmith, firstname.lastname@example.org, telephone (home) 213-934-5652, fax 213-969-1950. Cited to present author by playwright via ftp, May 22, 1997; Steelsmith says,
§ Dramatis Personae Charlie (m), __, AIDS victim; The Night Nurse (f), __, _____; Rose (f), __, Charlie’s devoted friend; Jo-Jo (f), __, Charlie’s on-again-off-again pal.
§ Synopsis “Charlie is in desperate need of a story. He is in the final stages of AIDS-related illnesses and believes if people keep telling him stories, he will stay alive. The Night Nurse will not help him. She is too exhausted. Rose, his devoted friend does not understand his need. Only Jo-Jo, Charlie’s on-again-off-again pal, brings him the tale he needs. She encourages him to go on a Hawaiian cruise with her and clashes with Rose’s desire to keep him in bed. The two women spar over Charlie, both claiming to know what is best for him.
§ Comment “The ultimate victor is what serves love best.”
§ Themes AIDS, care giving, cruise, illness, motivation, possessiveness, storytelling.
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