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Sweet, Jeffrey (American playwright, teacher, 1950-____), "Porch,"

a 60-minute drama in English set on a front porch in Midwest, twilight in August, 1977,


© 1977 by Jeffrey Sweet;  •   in Jeffrey Sweet's "Porch," (New York: Samuel French, 1985), ISBN 0573624283, SF 18604 (can pair with "After the Fact," a comedy-drama, 1m1f; or "Cover," genre unknown, 2m1f); script/rights available from Samuel French, Inc., 25 West 45th Street, New York, New York 10010-2751, 212-206-8990, fax 212-206-1429; or 7623 Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, California 90046-2795, 213-876-0570, fax 213-876-6822; or 80 Richmond Street East, Toronto, Ontario M5C 1P1, Canada, 416-363-3536, fax 416-363-1108; or Samuel French, Ltd, 52 Fitzroy Street, London W1P 6JR, England; contact Jeffrey Sweet, telephone (home) 212-724-7512, fax 212-724-7512, e-mail

Synopsis "With her father about to undergo an operation he may not survive, Amy returns to visit him for the first time since a bruising quarrel years ago. Dad is not happy about the prospect of leaving this world without any assurance that the family line will continue. Without her knowledge, he has invited her old flame to 'happen to' stop by in the hope that the relationship will be reignited. Sam, who has been married and divorced in the meantime, arrives to face an initially irritated Amy, but, left alone together, old rhythms do indeed come back. But too much time has passed and the play ends with Dad accepting that his hopes will not be realized, yet reaching a temporary peace with his troubled daughter.

Comment "A play that has received more than a hundred productions since its first presentation at Washington's Arena Stage, it was called 'just about perfect' when it played Chicago's Victory Gardens Theatre. A particularly attractive role for an actress, Amy has been played by Jill Eikenberry, Marybeth Hurt, E. Katherine Kerr and Sonja Lanzener (who won Chicago's Jefferson Award as best actress for her performance)."  •   Listed by Samuel French catalog as a full-length script but identified by playwright as a one-act script.  •  Not to be confused with Jack Heifner's one-act comedy-drama (2f) of the same name (Dramatists Play Service, Inc., 440 Park Avenue South, New York, New York, 212-683-8960, fax 212-213-1539, DPS 3600).

See also Jeffrey Sweet’s

Themes daughter-father relationship, family, genealogy, medical operation.

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