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 email@example.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.
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