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“Waiting for Rain”

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Kelley, Tonya Marie (American playwright, student, 1977-____), “Waiting for Rain,”

 a 30-minute drama in English in two scenes, set in bedroom of a substance abuse rehabilitation center, Easter, 1995,

1m3f;  •  © 2001 by Tonya Marie Kelley;  •  script/rights available from Tonya Kelley, 78 Sheridan Street #2, Danbury, Connecticut 06810, U.S.A., e-mail  tmk2821@aol.com, telephone (home) 203-798-6183, (work) 203-788-5274.  •  Cited by Tonya Marie Kelley via ftp August, 7, 2001; Kelley says,

 §   Dramatis Personae Rain Curran (f), 39, in rehabilitation for use of the drug Ecstasy; has a husband and a 13-year-old daughter, Samantha; Monica Shay (f), 19, Sara’s roommate; quiet, doesn’t have many friends or visitors; Ms. Sheehan (f), Nurse at the center; still timid and not experienced enough with  patients; Jonathan Curran (m), 42, Sara’s husband; ashamed of his wife and seeking a divorce.

 §  Synopsis “Rain is living in a rehabilitation center for her  abuse of the drug ecstasy. She is battling depression and guilt over her addiction, as well as her husband’s leaving her. She also struggles with receiving  care and direction from a nurse half her age. Rain and Monica explain their abuse of drugs and why they ended up where they are—one from the  perspective of a middle-aged woman and one from a teen girl’s point of view. They reveal how addiction changed their lives and affected those around  them. When Rain’s husband, Jonathan, comes to visit, she tries to explain why she has done what she has and seeks forgiveness. Jonathan, cold and  detached, tries to relay to her the burden and shame of having his wife sent away and of raising a teenage daughter alone. Rain recounts to Monica her  husband’s visit; Rain realizes how it’s for her own self that she must recover.

 §  Comment "Two scenes. No necessary set change and minimal props.  The small room is basically bare aside from two beds and a table. The action occurs through the course of one day.”  •  See also Tonya Marie Kelley’s  “Honestly,” a 12-minute comedy in English, set in a bar-restaurant, evening, 2001, 2m2f.

 §  Themes addiction, depression, divorce, family, finding oneself, guilt, marriage, mid-life crisis, overcoming addiction, recovery, relationship, rehabilitation, shame.

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