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Ladutke, Rachel Rubin (American playwright, director, 1967-____ ), “Prelude,”

a 10-minute comedy-drama in English, set in Western Connecticut, Sunday, July, 1946,


  •  © 1998 by Rachel Ladutke;  •  script/rights available from Rachel Rubin Ladutke, 30-27 41st Street, #2R, Astoria, New York 11103-3423, U.S.A., e-mail rachel@rachelwrites.com, www.rachelwrites.com, telephone (home) 718-721-6083, (work) 212-875-7785, fax 718-721-7709.  •  Cited by Rachel Ladutke,  via ftp, July 7, 1998, and amended July 30, 1998; Ladutke says,

  §  Dramatis Personae Grace (f), 33, a bride-to-be; Molly (f), 12, Grace’s stepdaughter-to-be.

  §  Synopsis “It is 1946, and 33-year-old Grace is about to marry for the second time.  She is having second thoughts, and discusses her fears with her fiancé Joseph’s precocious 12-year-old daughter Molly. Ultimately she decides to go through with the wedding. In the meantime, she and Molly have reached a new level of understanding.

  §  Comment “‘Prelude’ is part of a full-length evening, entitled Grace Notes, which depicts Grace’s life over a period of fifty years and which premiered at the Gemini Theatre, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.A., in February, 2000, as one of the winners of the Pittsburgh New Plays Competition. Excerpts from Grace Notes appear in three anthologies published by Smith & Kraus. ‘Prelude’ stands on its own and showcases both actresses. Summaries or scripts for any or all three plays are available upon request.

  § Themes female bonding, marriage, precocity, stepmother-stepdaughter relationship.

See also Rachel Rubin Ladutke’s
  • Allegro,” a 40-minute drama in English, set in the kitchen of the family home in Connecticut and in an adoption agency in New York City, U.S.A., December, 1966 through June, 1967, 4f (with doubling)
  • Coda,” a 10-minute drama in English, set in the kitchen of a farmhouse in Connecticut, U.S.A., June, 1978, 2f
  • Coffee With Pearl,” a 12-minute drama in English, set on the streets of New York City, U.S.A., a winter afternoon, 2001, 1f
  • Different Gifts ,” a 10-minute children's theatre drama in English, set in the hallway of a school, around noon on a school day, 1998, 3m or 3f or any combination
  • Rondo,” a 10-minute drama in English, set in the kitchen of a  farmhouse in Connecticut, U.S.A., an afternoon in September, 1957, 1m1f
  • Sowing The Seeds,” a 60-minute drama in English, set in Western Connecticut, U.S.A., noon, July, 1994, through noon the next day, 1m3f
  • Wheelies,” a 10-minute drama in English, set in a studio apartment in Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A., an afternoon in May, 1998, 1m1f
  • The Wisest of Fools,” a 10-minute comedy in English, set in the Rabbi's study, Chelm, a town in Poland populated by fools, Eighteenth Century, 3m1f


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