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“The Deist”

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McMillan, Claude (American playwright, May 22, 19__-____ ), “The Deist,”

a 27-minute drama in English, set in a hospital room, anywhere in the modern world, just before midnight, 1990s,


© 1998 by Claude McMillan, scripts and rights available from Claude McMillan, telephone 303-444-2926. Cited by Claude McMillan,  via ftp, July 25, 1998; McMillan says,

Dramatis Personae Eve (f), a patient; Visitor (m), a stranger; George (m), Eve’s husband.

Synopsis “Eve, lying in a hospital bed, alone, sedated, just before midnight, reflects on her good fortune:  she is sure she overheard the doctor say she will make a full recovery.  As she contemplates her life and her good fortune, she becomes aware of the presence of a
Visitor, whose questions and comments profoundly undermine her self-assurance and her contentment.  As the Visitor departs, George, her husband, replaces him, having come to take Eve home.  Probed by Eve, George reveals a secret from the distant past that transforms Eve and proves her salvation.”

Themes death, hospital, medicine, visit.

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