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“May to December”


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Hinkle, Vernon (American playwright, writer, director, teacher, 1935-____), “May to December

a 23-minute comedy in English, set in the former dining room of a small house in a small town, 1995,

2m1f (or 1m1f),

© 1995 by Vernon Hinkle,  • script/rights available from Vernon Hinkle, 33 Bump Hill Road, Greenfield Center, NY 12833, U.S.A., telephone (home) 518-893-2111, e-mail vhinkle@sescva.esc.edu. Cited by Vernon Hinkle, via postal mail, June 8, 1998; Hinkle says,

  § Dramatis Personae Uncle John (m), 72, uncle of May; May (f), 45, thin, niece of Uncle John; Harold (m), any working age, representative of Meals-on-Wheels.

  § Synopsis “May, who is fighting an eating disorder, discovers that furniture is disappearing from her Uncle John’s house, then sees him giving away his last chair to the Meals-On-Wheels man. Her uncle is emulating the Indian chief he once invented for her and is divesting himself of all his possessions before willing his own death. He uses humor and irascibility to ward off any sentiments to the contrary, but his shell is broken through in the end by his niece’s need for him and their love for each other, making him decide to stick around a while longer.

  § Comment “The setting’s adjacency to the kitchen is the only resemblance it has to a dining room anymore. But the play could be performed without scenery. Its only furnishings are a chair and a small bed with a patchwork quilt. The play is also available in a 10-15 minute version without the character of Harold. Either version can be combined with the author’s ‘Close’ and ‘Deus Ex Machina’ to make a full evening starring an older actor.”

  § Themes coping, death, family, love, Meals-On-Wheels, mortality, potlatch, uncle-niece relationship.

See also Vernon Hinkle’s
  • “Close,” a 35-minute comedy-drama in English (or a radio version in Greek), set in the living room of a small hotel suite, New York City, and in Oklahoma and Greece, fall to spring, 1989-1990, 1m1f
  • “Deus Ex Machina,” a 35-minute comedy in English, set in a sparsely-furnished, third-floor walkup studio apartment in the “big city,” summer, 1952, 2m1f
  • “Local Motive,”a 30-minute comedy in English, set a living room of house on edge of woods, dusk to dawn, spring, 1998, 1m1f
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