Williams, Paula (Australian playwright, short story writer, screen writer, 1926-____), “Dear George,” a 10-minute monologue in English, set in farm kitchen, Australia,
; • © 2002 by Paula Williams; in Paula Williams’ Dear George (Bangalow, Byron Shire, New South Wales, Australia: The Author, 2002); • script/rights available from Maverick Musicals, Bergann Road, Maleny Queensland 4552, Australia, telephone +61 7 5494 4007, fax +61 7 5494 4007, e-mail email@example.com; contact Paula Williams, telephone -61 2 6687 2728, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. • Cited by Paula Williams via ftp, July 29, 2003; Williams says,
§ Dramatis Persona Thommo (m), 52, friend and once neighbour of George.
§ Synopsis “Thommo misses his conversations on life with dead friend and once neighbour, George. Thommo starts talking aloud to George and begins to hear him replying in their old conversational way. George, who had started Tommo on a voyage of self-discovery, and this solitary exchange with his dead mate, reveals an unexpected romance in Thommo’s life.
§ Comment “Paula Williams, 78-year old playwright, began her association with the stage with Sydney University Dramatic Society (SUDS) in 1948-49, running around backstage with a string of safety pins, and delivering her one Shakespearean line with all the aplomb of a terrified mouse. She married in New Guinea highlands an engineer; they have two children. Subsequently they lived in Sydney many times, Hong Kong, and the Gove Peninsula, Northern Territory, Australia, until they 'dropped out' to become elderly self-sufficiency dudes on a rundown property on a mountainside near Nimbin, site of the Aquarius Festival. Has moved all her life, before during and after marriage. Likes change, hates cities, has been a questioner all her life. Began writing plays at he age of 61, after leaving her 37-year-old marriage. She and her husband are now good mates. Her plays sketches and monologues have been performed many times. In 2002, two one acts were published; another was shortlisted in an International One Act Play Competition in Malibu, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.. She writes with insight and humour gentle plays about relationships. Once a member of ANPC (Australian National Playwrights Centre), Sydney’s Griffin Theatre, and Brisbane’s Playlab (Playwrights Laboratory) and FAW (Fellowship of Australian Writers). Now confines her membership to Playworks (National body based in Sydney) and helping run Bangalow Writers’ Group (mixed genres) and the script/workshop arm of Baywrite Theatre, Inc. (Byron Bay) Has always done volunteer work wherever she’s lived. Does tai chi, aerobics and aqua-robics, and maintains a difficult, terraced vegetable garden.”
§ Themes loneliness, self-discovery, friendship.
See also Paula Williams'
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