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Dolcino, Doug (American playwright, 1966-____), “Drowning,”

a 10-minute chamber play in English, set on a beach, 2000,


;  •  © 2000 by Doug Dolcino;  •  script/rights available from Doug Dolcino, 33 North State Street, Room 1, Concord, Hampshire, 03301, U.S.A., telephone (home) 603-271-3323, e-mail dgdolcino@aol.com.•  Cited by Doug Dolcino, via ftp January 18, 2000; Dolcino says,

 §  Dramatis Personae Mrs. Hoft (f), 55, a widow; Eunice (f), 22, her daughter; Bernard (m), 25, a lifeguard.

 §  Synopsis “Mrs. Hoft, a recent widow, returns with her daughter Eunice to a private beach left by her recently deceased husband. Mrs. Hoft is a stern, jealous mother who has grown weary of Eunice’s odd behavior since her father’s death-ignoring her mother’s orders, wandering the beach for hours peering through the wrong end of a telescope and attempting to swim out to sea, narrowly avoiding death by drowning each time. Once again Eunice has waded out to sea before being swept away by a riptide. She is rescued by Bernard, a lifeguard, who tries to revive her, but this time Mrs. Hoft is determined to teach her daughter a lesson while Bernard, who is in love with Eunice, is desperate to hear her speak again.

  §  Comment “No special set or props required. Drowning is a mercurial, finely-crafted play with evocative writing, lively dialogue and a part that’s ideal for an older actress. Highly recommended.”

 §  Themes aging, competition, hope, love.

 •  See also Doug Dolcino’s

  • Best Years,” a 35-minute chamber play in English, set in the showroom floor of a furniture store, seven minutes before opening, the present, 2m
  • Dowsing,” an 8-minute chamber play in English, set in a desert, midday, 1999, 2m
  • Number 10,”  a 10-minute chamber play in English, set in a living room, 1999, 2m
  • Serenade,” a 12-minute comedy-drama in English, set below a balcony, night, 1998, 2m1f

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