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Baughan, David M. (American playwright, physician, February 13, 1949-____), “The Basketmaker,”

a 60-minute drama in English, set on the front porch and yard of the Sayer homestead on the frontier of New Hampshire, North America, 1725,

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; • © 2003 by David M. Baughan; • in David M. Baughan’s The Basketmaker (North Conway, New Hampshire, U.S.A.: The Author, 2003); • script/rights available from David M. Baughan, 361 Dandiview Road, North Conway, New Hampshire 03860, U.S.A., e-mail dbaughan@ncia.net, telephone (home) 603-356-6121, telephone (work) 603-447-3500 x11. • Cited by David M. Baughan via ftp August 23, 2003; Baughan says,

  §  Dramatis Personae Ezra Sayer (m), 60, Elizabeth's husband, Rachel's father; Elizabeth Sayer (f), 42, a widow; Rachel (f), 13, Elizabeth's daughter; Molly Sekatau (f), 50 or older, an itinerant Abenaki (Native American) basketmaker.

  §  Synopsis “Elizabeth is trying to raise her daughter on the edge of the New Hampshire frontier in 1725 after her husband has died. An itinerant Native American basketmaker visits their property and after an accident to Elizabeth, helps them and befriends the daughter. The old Indian sees special talents in the daughter and the desire to nurture those skills leads to a clash of beliefs and wills between the adult women in a contest for the soul of the girl. Elizabeth gets Molly drunk and leaves her to freeze in the New England night. Molly's spirit returns to help Elizabeth face her old fears and wounds and reclaim her personal truth. Then she can reconcile with and support her daughter in her developing spiritual abilities.

  §  Comment “The action takes place on the front porch and yard of the Sayer homestead. There are six scenes that can be presented in one or two acts.” • Won the first-place Seahorse Award for new plays at the Moondance International Film Festival, Boulder, Colorado, 2003.—Clickers & Flickers Film Festival Listing Details, http://www.clickersandflickers.org/Film-Festival-Listings.html, accessed August 25, 2003. • "David M. Baughan, M.D., is a board certified family physician who received his undergraduate degree from Harvard College, his medical degree from West Virginia University School of Medicine, and his residency training from Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound in Seattle, Washington. Before coming to New Hampshire in 1994, he had taught on the faculties of the University of California/San Diego and East Carolina schools of medicine. Dr. Baughan also writes a weekly health column for the Conway (New Hampshire) Daily Sun.”—Meet Our Providers, http://www.sacodocs.com/webdocs/Saco%20Medical%20Group/HTML/Meet%20Our%20Providers.htm, accessed August 25, 2003. • Research could include Ask Dr. Baughn, http://www.sacodocs.com/webdocs/Saco%20Medical%20Group/HTML/AskDrBaughn.htm, accessed August 25, 2003.

  §  Themes 1725, accident, alcohol, Amerind, culture clash, death, drunkenness, female spirituality, friendship, New Hampshire frontier, personal truth, spirit, spiritual reconciliation, widowhood.

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