Neal, Lori (African-American playwright, actress, poet, January 10, 1966-____), “Liberations; or, How the Grinch Stole My Virginity,”
a 90-minute comedy in English, set in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.A., afternoon, July, 1997,
• © 1997 by Lori M. Neal; • script/rights available from Lori M. Neal, 22 East 22nd Street, #210, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55404, U.S.A., telephone (home) 612-870-8879. • Cited by Lori Neal, via ftp January 26, 1999; Neal says,
§ Dramatis Personae Raven (f), a stripper patient of Dr. Neely; Dr. Neely (f), Raven’s psychiatrist; Carol (f), Dr. Neely’s secretary; Taximan (m), a cabbie.
§ Synopsis “The initial meeting of the patient, Raven, an outspoken, sexually uninhibited stripper, and the psychiatrist, Dr. Neely, begins with Raven’s suicide attempt. The encounter turns [a] to Dr. Neely’s psychosis, a sexual repression and a sheltered fixation on chocolate; [b] to the effect of her father’s death of upon her; [c] to her blossoming virginhood; and [d] to her own questionable sexual identity, especially after she and Raven share a passionate kiss. Intermittently intervening is Dr. Neely’s overly protective and affectionate secretary, Carol, who not only has a flare for fixing tea and answering phones, but also for yielding pencils, as the Taximan learns when he comes seeking his runaway fare. Both doctor and patient confront the lasting impacts made by their fathers on their lives and womanhood. Both leave the session having gained valuable insights from each other.
§ Comment “This is a hilarious and unorthodox therapy session.”
§ Themes chocolate, death, ecdysiast, family, fare, father-daughter relationship, female homosexuality, first encounter, fixation, inhibition, Lesbianism, mental health, protection, psychiatry, psychosis, sex, sexual identity, sexual repression, stripping, suicide, virginity.
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