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“Dying Wishes”

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Lange, J. Stratton (American playwright, 1970-____), “Dying Wishes,”

a 35-minute drama in English, set in a middle-class home in the U.S.A., winter, 1990s,


  •  © 1999 by J. Stratton Lange;  •  script/rights available from J. Stratton Lange, 345 North Rob Way, Anaheim, California 92801, U.S.A., e-mail jslange@hotmail.com, telephone (home) 714-533-0270.  •  Cited by J. Stratton Lange, via ftp July 2, 1999; Lange says,

  §  Dramatis Personae Mother (f), about 45, bedridden; Stuart (m), 26, older son; Douglas (m), 21, younger son.

  §  Synopsis “The mother of Stuart and Douglas, both adults in their twenties, has been in bed for over a year. Her doctor has told her that she has no real illness; she believes she is dying, regardless. Her dying wish is to see her younger son, Douglas, back on his feet. Douglas, blaming his mother for the father's having left years ago, refuses to reconcile. Stuart stands fast by his mother and argues with Douglas, who plans to leave town. Stuart seeks a way to break the news of the departure to their mother; he finds an unusual way.

  §  Comment “A modestly-furnished bedroom with an imposing bed is required, as is a kitchen. Lights fade back and forth from the two rooms. A moving play with a touch of humor. The ending is both disquieting and uplifting.”

  §  Themes abandonment, bed, brother-brother relationship, depression, death, family, illness, mother, Oedipus complex, perception, psychoneurosis, psychosomatics, mother-son relationship.

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