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“Autumn's Child”

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Smith, Tom (American playwright, director, actor, educator, 1969-____), “Autumn's Child,”

a 10-minute or 40-minute drama in English, set in a farmhouse in the American Midwest, morning, October, 2002,


; • © 2002 by Tom Smith; • in Tom Smith’s Autumn's Child (Las Cruces, New Mexico, U.S.A.: The Author, 2002); • script/rights available from Tom Smith, 1303 Monte Vista #8, Las Cruces, New Mexico 88001, U.S.A., e-mail kirbysr@hotmail.com, telephone (home/work) 505-521-4389, http://www.geocities.com/nmplaywright/resume.html. • Cited by Tom Smith via ftp January 8, 2004; Smith, says,

§ Dramatis Personae Momma (f), 32, a strong Iowa farmwoman; Chloe (f), 24, her daughter.

§ Synopsis “Momma is taking down the ‘Congratulations’ banner she has hung to celebrate the birth of her first grandchild. Unfortunately, the baby was stillborn. She shares her concerns with her bedridden husband, who is in the next room. A few minutes later, her daughter Chloe returns home from the hospital, quickly hiding a small bundle in her room. Chloe was not yet supposed to have been discharged, and Momma questions her about this. Chloe admits she did not like the hospital, and snuck out. Later that morning, Momma receives a call from the hospital. It seems that Chloe has kidnapped another woman's baby from the hospital. Momma confronts her about this, but Chloe maintains that the baby she has is her own, brought back to life by love. Momma is left trying to save Chloe's life, while contemplating the issues of love, life, and what constitutes living.

§ Comment “Simple and spooky. Winner of multiple playwriting contests.” • Tom Smith is a member of the Dramatist's Guild; he is an Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts at New Mexico State University, U.S.A., 1999-present.

§ Themes baby, birth, death, family, grief, kidnapping, love, mother-daughter relationship, sanity, stillborn.

See also Tom Smith's

  • Gray,” a 45-minute drama in English, set in multiple simple locations, Seattle, Washington, U.S.A., 2001, 2m1f

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