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Finding the Flame

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Montley, Patricia (American playwright, writer, professor, administrator, 1942-____), “Finding the Flame,”

a 15-minute comedy-drama in English, set in a boarding school dormitory room, day and night, 1990,


© 1990, script/rights available from Patricia Montley, telephone (home) (410) 252-6074, (work) 412-365-1169. Cited by Patricia Montley via ftp, November 7, 1997; Montley says,

Dramatis Personae Micaela Kelly (f), Brigid Kildare (f).

Synopsis “Micaela Kelly, determined to thwart her father and step- mother by flunking out of yet another convent boarding school, resists friendly help offered by Brigid Kildare, the mysterious Irish girl whom Micaela takes to be a schoolmate. Although dumbstruck at Brigid’s magical ability to repair things, Micaela is angry when Brigid foils Micaela’s attempt to fail classes. Finally, when Brigid discovers Micaela’s secret guilt, Micaela experiences a mystical healing ritual and, realizing the power/identity of Brigid, finds the flame within herself.”

Comment Can pair with Montley’s “The Competent Heart,” a 15-minute comedy in English, set in an intimate bookstore, day, October, 1995, 2m or 2f or 1m1f; “Juice,” a 15-minute bare-stage interweaving of monologs in English, 1995, 2f; “Rachel Carson Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea,” a 15-minute bare-stage drama in English, set on a rocky coast at low tide, day, summer, 1958, 2m2f (1m is child).

Themes boarding school, failure, father-daughter relationship, healing, identity, magic, mysticism, ritual, self-discovery, step-mother-step-daughter relationship.


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