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“Prison of the Lost Souls”

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Rhoads, Kay (American playwright, social services administrator, writer, 1941-____), “Prison of the Lost Souls,”

a 10-minute drama in English, set in a prison graveyard, December, 1997,


  •  © 1997 by Kay Rhoads;  •  script/rights available from Kay Rhoads, 1118 NW Greenwood, Ankeny, Iowa 50021, U.S.A., e-mail KayR2@Prodigy.Net, telephone (home) 515-964-8477.  •  Cited by Kay Rhoads, via ftp October 24, 1999; Rhoads says,

  § Dramatis Personae Delphine Jay (f) 25, an inmate; Gloria West (f), 45, a guard.

  § Synopsis “Delphine Jay, an inmate in the Iowa women’s prison, on a bleak late afternoon in December is in the prison graveyard with guard Gloria West. The prison psychologist has authorized Delphine to go to the graveyard to search for her mother’s grave, which may or may not be there. Others have told Delphine that a witching rod can locate graves, much the same as it locates underground water. During the expedition, Delphine reveals to Gloria having been left as an infant by her mother on the steps of the East Star Tap and having been found by Preacher Daddy of the Church of the Lost Souls, housed on the second floor above the bar. As she reveals small bits of information, Delphine  looks at gravesites and questions the lives of others who lived and died at the prison leaving no one to grieve for them. Perhaps unintentionally or perhaps on purpose, Delphine kills Gloria with the witching rod and leaves yet one more body to ‘cool down and freeze up.’”

  § Comment “One scene. Simple set with cardboard grave markers. Simple costume with no costume changes. No special lighting requirements.  •  ‘Prison of the Lost Souls’ is unproduced.”

  § Themes aging, anonymity, bleak landscape, communication, dark drama, female bonding, prison, winter, reality, soul, violence, woman.

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