Hines, Phil (American playwright, director, 19__- ), "The Fall of St. Lydia,"
a 40-minute drama in English set in a patio in a small town, North Carolina, late Friday afternoon, fall, 1997,
© 1997, revised, 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 Lydia (f), older, sister; Gil (m), younger, brother
Synopsis A distressed Lydia waits on the patio
for her brother, Gil. She is on the patio of the family home.
A crisis is going on inside the house. Gil enters, looks at the
distraught Lydia, laughs to himself. She is disturbed, finds nothing
funny about the fact that their mother is upstairs packing with
plans to leave their father. The two siblings argue, each blaming
the other for their mother's decision. Gil continues to tease
the prim Lydia. Lydia accuses her younger brother of inciting
the mother's decision. Gil recounts how Lydia has always been
judgmental and blind to the fact that their mother has never been
happy. Lydia is married to Marvin, the local minister. Gil lives
with Kitty, a younger girl who whisked off to Colorado. Lydia
thinks he's "living in sin." The two discuss things
they've never discussed before as Lydia continues to panic about
the situation inside the house. Lydia finally admits that she
dropped her own plans to be a minister after trying to understand
what the Bible says about women in the church, and Gil slowly
begins to talk about his own fear and slow acceptance that he
may be gay. Neither sibling felt able to minister in the church.
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