Ladutke, Rachel Rubin (American playwright, director, 1967-____), “Coda,”
a 10-minute drama in English, set in the kitchen of a farmhouse in Connecticut, U.S.A., June, 1978,
• © 1998 by Rachel Rubin Ladutke; • script/rights available from Rachel Rubin Ladutke, 30-27 41st Street, #2R, Astoria, New York 11103-3423, U.S.A., e-mail email@example.com, http://www.cadvision.com/sdempsey/ladutke.htm, telephone (home) 212-875-7785, (work) 917-780-0664. • Cited by Rachel Rubin Ladutke, via ftp February 14, 2000; Ladutke says,
§ Dramatis Personae Grace (f), 65, about to leave her husband of 30 years; Catherine (f), 29, Grace's daughter. Edgy, lacking self-confidence. A painter.
§ Synopsis “Catherine reluctantly is helping her mother Grace move from their family home. Grace is leaving her husband of thirty years to live on her own but will not discuss the reasons with her daughter. Catherine is guarding her own secrets: she is pregnant and planning to marry her baby’s father. But she still harbors strong feelings about the baby she gave up as a teenager, and she is wrestling with her fears about telling her fiance about this. Grace tries to convince Catherine that she must be open with the baby’s father as their marriage begins.
“One scene. No internal costume or scenery changes. This is part of a full-length
evening, entitled Grace Notes, which depicts Grace’s life
over a period of fifty years and which premiered at the Gemini Theatre
in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.A., in February, 2000, as one of the winners
of the Pittsburgh New Plays
Competition. Excerpts from Grace Notes appear in three anthologies published by Smith & Kraus. ‘Coda’
also stands on its own and offers strong performance opportunities for both actors.”
adoption, divorce, honesty, mother-daughter relationship, marriage, motherhood,
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