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"Doing the Wash"

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Hines, Phil (American playwright, director, 19__- ), "Doing the Wash,"

a 25-minute comic drama in English set in a laundry room, Astoria, New York City, summer morning, 1993,


© 1993, script/rights available from Phil Hines, in care of Ann Farber, Farber Literary Agency, Inc., 14 East75th Street #2E, New York City, N.Y. 10021, telephone 212-861-7075. Cited to present author by playwright via ftp June 8, 1997; Hines says,

Dramatis Personae Mary (f), older, longtime resident; Rebecca (f), younger, new resident

Synopsis "Mary (older woman) is praying in the laundry room, as Rebecca, the younger woman, enters humming a Patsy Cline song. Rebecca is startled. Rebecca with her husband recently moved from the South into the building. Mary has resided in the building over forty years. Mary, assuming that Rebecca is naive because she is from the South, tries to get to know Rebecca in a somewhat critical way. The two women find they have more in common than they had thought. Mary discovers that Rebecca may be in a hopeless marriage. Rebecca discovers that Mary prays to the Virgin Mary for forgiveness. Mary knows her forty-two-year-old son, Marvin, is gay but can't get herself to talk to him. When Mary finishes probing Rebecca, she resumes doing the wash.

September 2, 1997, Comment A "reading of 3 short plays in an evening called "The Laundry Cycle" [will be] at New Dramatists, 424 W. 44th St. on Tuesday, Sept. 9 at 7 pm. One of the plays (mine) is 'Doing The Wash.' . . . It's a play that was developed at the Actors Studio with Sylvia Miles and Norris Mailer. Judith Barcroft and Vickie Taylor (actresses I've worked with quite a bit) will be reading. Also, on the bill is S. Heide Arbitter's 'Hand-Washed, Line Dried' and Adam Kraar's 'Laundry And Lies.' Evening runs a little over an hour. Reservations, call me at 718-267-0256. Invited audience only, etc. but looking for ways to get these three plays produced together. . . ."

Themes laundry room, male homosexuality, newcomer, Patsy Cline, prayer, Virgin Mary.

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