Biss, Andrew (British playwright, ____-____), “Cuthbert’s Last Stand,”
a 40-minute comedy in English, set in the drawing room of Mrs. Pennington-South’s London home, late afternoon, 2001,
• © 2001 by Andrew Biss; • script/rights available from Andrew Biss, e-mail email@example.com. • Cited by Andrew Biss via ftp February 17, 2001; Biss says,
§ Dramatis Personae Mrs. Pennington-South (f), 52, stylish; Cuthbert (m), 21, her handsome son; Tristram (m), 22, a nervous guest, handsome.
§ Synopsis “Mrs. Pennington-South has succeeded in coercing a handsome young man—Tristram—back to her home to have tea with her and her ill-tempered son, Cuthbert. What the shy, rather awkward Tristram doesn’t realise is that he is, in fact, being presented as a possible suitor for Cuthbert. His mother’s matchmaking arrangements, however, have become increasingly intolerable for Cuthbert, and as the tea progresses and the intimations and pressures are ratcheted up, Cuthbert finally reaches breaking point. Exasperated and angry, he decides that the time has come at last to confront his mother with the shocking truth that he knows can only break her heart: the open admittance of his heterosexuality. As mother and son engage in a psychological war of attrition, their reticent guest becomes an unwitting spectator to their unfolding—and unorthodox—family drama . . . and a most unlikely saviour.
§ Comment “One simple set, no scene changes. Winner of the 2001 National One-Act Play Competition at FirstStage, Los Angeles.”
acceptance, coming out, confrontation, family, gay, heterosexuality, misunderstanding,
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