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“Buying a Brassiere”

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Ritchie, Rebecca (American playwright, January 29, 1949-____), “Buying a Brassiere,”

a 15-minute comedy-drama in English, set in the lingerie department of a large department store, daytime, 1999,


;  •  © 1999 by Rebecca Ritchie; • in Rebecca Ritchie's Buying a Brassiere (Williamsville, New York, U.S.A.: The Author, 1991);  •  script/rights available from Rebecca Ritchie, 71 Old Orchard, Williamsville, New York 14221, U.S.A., e-mail rtritchie@att.net, telephone (home) 716-689-0868, fax 716-332-4004.  •  Cited by Rebecca Ritchie via ftp January 6, 2002; Ritchie says,

  §  Dramatis Personae Diane (f), a shopper, cancer survivor; Marie (f), a brassiere fitter.

  §  Synopsis “Diane, a recent survivor of breast cancer, is shopping for her first mastectomy brassiere. Marie, a French bra fitter, represents the world’s view of women’s ideal shape. Diane is torn between buying the brassiere and breast prosthetics which will make her look young and beautiful and feel cancer-free, and her superstitious fear that buying these things will make the cancer recur. When Diane realizes that the department store hides mastectomy customers in a locked dressing room away from the view of other customers, she defiantly decides to buy the brassiere, master her fear of cancer—which she thinks of as ‘The Red Beast’—and start her new life by purchasing a sequin jacket and some dancing shoes.

  §  Comment “One scene performed with no set or two chairs angled away from each other.  •  Workshop production, Polaris North, New York City. Monologue version produced by The Alleyway Theatre, Buffalo, New York. Finalist, Actors Theatre of Louisville (Kentucky) 10-Minute Play Contest 2001.”

  §  Themes cancer, breast cancer, prosthetics, mastectomy.

See also Rebecca Ritchie’s:

  • A Personal Exchange,” a 40-minute comedy in English, set in the studies of a man and woman, several months, 1991, 1m1f
  • "Rachel Calof," a 75-minute comedy-drama in English, set in North Dakota, 1894-1944, 1m2f

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