“Late/Late . . . Computer Date!”

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Bollow, Ludmilla (American playwright, writer, actress, 19__-____), “Late/Late . . . Computer Date!” a 40-minute sentimental comedy in English, set in the sitting room of the Paisley sisters, evening of Veronica’s first date, the present, 2f (+ possible bird extra); • © 1983 by Ludmilla Bollow; • in Ludmilla Bollow’s Late/Late . . . Computer Date! (Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.A.: The Author, 1983); • script/rights in Ludmilla Bollow’s One Acts and Monologues for Woman (New York: Broadway Play Publishing, 1983), ISBN 0881450081, Broadway Play Publishing, 56 East 81 Street, New York City, New York 10028, http://www.BroadwayPlayPubl.com; • rights from Ludmilla Bollow, 314 West Sugar Lane, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53217, U.S.A., e-mail bollow@earthlink.net, telephone (home) 414-352-8370, http://home.earthlink.net/~bollow/. • Cited by Ludmilla Bollow, via ftp September 12, 1999; Bollow says, § “Dramatis Personae Isobel (f), spinster, sister to Veronica, in a faded dressing gown from another era; Veronica (f), spinster, sister to Isobel, in Mama’s wedding gown, dyed peach; Admiral Byrd (m or f or n), a faded parrot on stand, possibly real. § “

§ Synopsis “Isobel and Veronica, spinster sisters, live alone in genteel clutter. Both are retired from the candy factory, where they spent years as candy dippers. Mama and Daddy died in a car accident, and the insurance money has been metered out over years to give reluctant Veronica the niceties of life—ballet lessons, tours, and trips. The last of the money is now financing a computer date for Veronica, who has never had a date, and Isobel feels she should have one date before she dies. On the evening of this first date, all is in a dither. Time passes and shy Veronica returns from her date—her computer match never showed up, but she did dance with someone else. This alarms Isobel, who is even more alarmed to hear that the stranger gave Veronica his phone number and wants to take her out. There is a struggle of wills. After Veronica retires, Isobel destroys the card bearing the man’s phone number, a final desperate act to keep control of their meaningless lives.

§ Comment “Simple setting, but a wide range of emotions for two actresses. Humor and pathos blended into a poignant touching tale. • Numerous productions, winner of many prizes. Produced in eight cities in Australia, with ‘Best Play’ award in Beenleigh Drama Festival. Produced in Open Theatre, Jaichung Taiwan 2001 in Chinese • Scene reprinted in Playing Contemporary Scenes: Thirty-One Famous Scenes and How to Play Them, edited by Gerald Ratliff and Theodore O. Zapel (Colorado Springs, Colorado: Meriwether Publishing, 1996), ISBN 1566080258, Meriwether Publishing, 885 Elkton Drive, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80907, U.S.A., telephone 800-937-5297, fax 888-594-4436, customer service 719-594-4422, e-mail MerPCDS@aol.com.”

§ Themes computer dating, death, family, first date, gentility, loneliness, loss, money, sister-sister relationship, spinsterhood.

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