Hill, Samm (American playwright, writer, actor, director, waiter, Sepember 6, 1968-____), “Bloom; or, The Baby Thing,”
a 23-minute comedy-drama
in English, set in the East Village, New York City, afternoon, 1999,
• © 1999 by Samm Hill; • script/rights available from Samm Hill, 77 West 55th Street, #5C, New York City, New York 10019, U.S.A., e-mail FireVOX@aol.com, telephone (home) 212-713-0910. • Cited by Samm Hill, via ftp December 1, 1999; Hill says,
§ Dramatis Personae Janet (f), 40, dating a younger man, worried that she may be pregnant; Collette (f), 25, seven-month-pregnant bride-to-be.
§ Synopsis “Janet and Collette are in the middle of personal crises. Collette is pregnant and about to marry the father of her child. Janet, too, thinks she herself may be pregnant with her much younger boyfriend’s baby. Though not close friends, they decide to meet and get their minds off of their problems. Janet gets drunk and stoned; and Collette, teetotaling because of her pregnancy, absentmindedly takes a few drinks and ‘tokes’ on Janet’s beer and joint. The ensuing conversation is a random stream of their collective subconcious—with several references to Top Gun’s homoerotic imagery, organized religion, autoerotica, and the Antichrist amongst other subjects. The scene climaxes with Collette worrying that she killed her baby by having a few drinks of beer. Both women finally address the problems that have been plaguing them—with Collette finding evidence, a woman’s athletic sock found under the sofa cushions, of her fiance’s infidelities.
§ Comment “This is a challenging work for two capable actresses. It is heavy with subtext as the women are keeping their real fears and problems bubbling under the surface of their conversation. It is very easy to produce, as it occurs in one setting. This play has been workshopped extensively, and I am pleased with what I consider its final draft. It is part of several related one-acts about having or considering starting a family and how that echoes profoundly through a circle of friends. The mood moves quickly from comedy to drama and ends on a nice note, with both women listening to the baby moving inside of Collette.”
abstinence, Antichrist, autoerotica, baby, beer, drinking, drug, evidence,
female bonding, friendship, homoeroticism, imagery, inebriation, infidelity,
joint, male-female relationship, marriage, murder, organized religion,
paternity, pop culture, pregnancy, pregnancy, stream of consciousness,
teetotaling, Top Gun.
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