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Hruby, Norbert J. (American playwright, retired second president of Aquinas College, 1918-____), “Home for the Holidays,”

a 10-minute comedy in English, set in a suburban home, U.S.A., May, this year or next,

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; © 2004 by Norbert J. Hruby; • in Norbert J. Hruby’s Home for the Holidays (Grand Rapids, Michigan, U.S.A.: The Author, 2004); • script/rights available from Norbert J. Hruby, 245 Briarwood SE, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49506, U.S.A., telephone (home) 616-459-1149, e-mail nordolor@iserv.net. • Cited by Norbert J. Hruby, via ftp, May 17, and July 31, 2004; Hruby says,

§ Dramatis Personae Morrie (m), 60, businessman who was once a 1960s radical, now Republican, a grandfather but still a tennis player; Emily (f) his mate, 60, also one-time 1960s radical, now a grandmother and a liberal Democrat; Gloria (f), their married daughter, 40, mother of several boys, one daughter; Tiffany (f), her daughter, 18, college freshman home for the holidays.

§ Synopsis “Morrie and Emily, grandparents, once young radicals, await the arrival of Tiffany, their granddaughter, from her freshman year in college ‘home for the holidays.’ Morrie and Emily have aged differently, he to become conservative, she to become a liberal. They have much to-do over what has happened to his Viagra—which Emily says she has thrown away. Their daughter, Gloria, arrives to warn her parents about how Tiffany looks (purple hair)—and that their granddaughter brings a boyfriend. The arrival of Tiffany confronts them with a generation gap that shows that the more things change, the more they are the same. She asks her grandparents if she and her boyfriend can use their guest room. Morrie refuses, Emily agrees. An auto honks, and Tiffany departrs. Emily reminds Morrie how it was when they were young, then makes a radical proposal: that they themselves get married. Morrie declines, saying that if they never marry, they can never get divorced. ‘Why change a winning game?’ the old tennis player asks. ‘You didn't really throw the Viagra away, did you?’

§ Comment “Single interior scene (a living room). The play awaits its premiere.”

§ Themes change, generation gap, grandparent-grandchild relationship, marriage, 60s radicals grown old, Viagra.



See also Norbert J. Hruby's

  • "Ashes to Ashes," a 10-minute peace play (tragedy) in English, set in a living room of suburban American home, the present (because it is!), 2m1f
  • "Fungo," a 13-minute comedy in English, set in the office of The Stylus literary magazine, on two Mondays, two months apart, 2m1f
  • "Hegemony," a 10-minute bare-stage satirical comedy in English, five years from now, 2m1f
  • "The Jealous Mistress," a 48-minute melodrama in English, set in a small college town, 2003, 2m2f
  • "Karl's Kristmas Karol," a 10-minute satire in English, set a residence in a suburb of Washington, D.C., Christmas Eve, 2004, 2m1f or 3m
  • "Matching Gift," a 25-minute comedy in English, set in the office of a college president, 2003, 2m2f
  • "Peggy: The Life and Times of Mrs. Benedict Arnold," a 60-minute bare-stage drama in English, set in the Arnold home, England, 1803, 1f
  • "Pen Pals," a 30-minute drama in English, set in a convent/prison, 2003, 2m2f
  • "A Sonnet from the Portuguese," an 11-minute satire in English, set in a residence in a university town, 2003, 3f

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