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Dubois, Katherine (American playwright, 1958-____), “Give and Take,”

a 10-minute drama in English, set in the living room of a suburban home, morning, 1996,

2m1f,

© 1996 by Katherine Dubois Reed;  •  script/rights available from Katherine Dubois Reed, 3185 17th Street Boulder, Colorado 80304-2617, U.S.A, telephone (home/work) 303-447-2553, e-mail thereeds@pcisys.net.  •  Cited by Katherine Dubois Reed, via ftp, June 30, 1998; Dubois says,

 §  Dramatis Personae Phyllis (f), mother; Frank (m), father; Chris (m), their son.

 §  Synopsis “Phyllis, Frank, and their son Chris enter the living room of their house.  Phyllis’ mother has recently died but the small-town undertaker has refused to bury her, believing the old woman was a voodoo witch. Frank finds a box in the grandmother’s closet and brings it into the living room.  They open it and discover it is full of money.  When they take some of the money out and find that the box is still full, they realize the box is magic. They then discover the box will give them anything they ask for. Frank and Phyllis are ecstatic, but Chris is worried.  What if having everything they want proves destructive?  His parents scoff at Chris’ fears, but start to justify them as they begin to quarrel over the box’s gifts. Soon all three are caught in a downward spiral as the box's magic tears the family apart.”

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 §  Themes burial, death, family, father-son relationship, funeral agency, gift, magic, marriage, mother-daughter relationship, mother-son relationship, small-town, voodoo, wealth, witchcraft.
 

See also Katherine Dubois’
  • The Baby You Ordered,” a 10-minute comedy in English, set in a living room, morning, 1999, 1m2f
  • Comeuppance,” a 10-minute comedy in English, set in a kitchen, after supper, 2001, 2m1f
  • The Con,” a 55-minute farce in English, set in an elegant room in a stately old mansion, morning, 2000, 2m2f
  • The Condition,” a 10-minute drama in English, set in a doctor's office, afternoon, 1999, 1m1f
  • Dream Family,”a 10-minute comedy in English, set in a living room, afternoon, 2000, 2m1f
  • The Edge,” a 20-minute comedy in English, set in a high school corridor, morning, 1999, 2m2f
  • God for a Day,” a 40-minute comedy in English, set on a bare stage, 2001, 1m1f
  • Hale,”a 15-minute comedy in English, set on a stage, whenever, 1m1f
  • Paradise,” a 10-minute comedy in English, set on a a tropical beach, 2002, 2f
  • The Powder Room,” a 43-minute comedy in English, set in the ladies' powder room of a swank hotel, evening, 1998, 4f
  • The Rain Bird,” a 27-minute drama-romance in English, set in a clearing in the woods, morning, 1992, 1m1f
  • Sister’s Keeper,” a 10-minute drama in English, set in a kitchen/breakfast room, morning, 2002, 2f
  • The Star,” a 10-minute comedy in English, set in a living room, U.S.A., evening, 1998, 1m2f
  • Too Hot, Too Cold, Just Right,” a 37-minute children’s theatre farce in English, set in the bears’ cave and the forest, once upon a time, 2m2f or 1m3f
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