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“Close to Home”

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Westerlund, Eric G. (American playwright, writer, director, editor, 1964-____), “Close to Home,”

a 15-minute drama in English, set in the living/dining room of apartment, 2001,


  •  © 2001 by Eric G. Westerlund;  •  available as Eric G. Westerlund’s Close to Home (Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.: Author, 2001);  •  script/rights available from Eric G. Westerlund.  •  Cited by Eric G. Westerlund via ftp May 17, 2002; Westerlund says,

  §  Dramatis Personae Cheryl (f), 28, Marcy’s sister, professional, thinks she’s in control; Marcy (f), 22, Cheryl’s sister, artistic, thinks she’s free.

  §  Synopsis “Cheryl is on the phone to her mother, who accuses Marcy, Cheryl’s younger sister, of taking some family heirlooms. Quickly lying to protect her sister and to spare her ailing and stressed-out mother, Cheryl claims to have the jewelry.  She then hides her recent loss of a job and re-purposes her parting gift basket into a present for their mother’s  fiftieth birthday celebration this evening. When Marcy arrives, Cheryl confronts her. They begin a dance of avoidance and attack. Marcy has pawned the stolen jewelry to rescue her faltering independent film shoot. Cheryl cannot bail her out as she usually does. The sisters grow more desperate. But love punctuates their conflict. They recognize their mother’s mortality and their resultant trauma. Marcy confronts Cheryl about the lies told trying to preserve family stability and challenges her to try the plain truth. Cheryl responds by getting out the going-away card from the office. Their mother knocks at the door.

   § Comment “‘Close to Home’ is technically simple, set in one room with only lights up and lights down. In its premiere, a trunk substituted for the closet, allowing easy removal of the set to accommodate the next one-act. Two required props are unusual: a windup Duck-on-Bike, available at a specialty windup toy stores, and Electro-Proof Toast Tongs, made from two slats of basswood and a small wooden block.  •  ‘Close to Home’ premiered at the Actors Workout Studio, in Los Angeles, California, U.S.A., spring, 2002. Ilyse Mimoun played Cheryl; Charity Babcock played Marcy. The author directed the play as part of a night of one-acts entitled The Cost of Living.  •  Reviews: ‘. . . [E]ntertaining, thought-provoking theater . . . .’—NoHoArtsDistrict.com; ‘. . . [W]ell written. . . . a thought provoking, touching view of relationships and self-image . . . .’—The Tolucan.”

  §  Themes family, mendacity, mortality, opposite, parenting, sibling, sister-sister relationship, stability.

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