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"The Fall of St. Lydia"

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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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Small-Cast One-Act Guide Online
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1/2/3/4 for the Show: A Guide to Small-Cast One-Act Plays

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