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Reece, Fannie G. (aka F.G. Reece, American playwright, housewife, 1949-____), “In The Weeds,”

a 30-minute dramatic monologue in English, set in a group home, noon, Easter Sunday, 2003,

2m2f (only 1f speaks)

; • © 2003 by F.G. Reece; • in Fannie G. Reece’ In The Weeds (Hampstead, North Carolian, U.S.A.: The Author, 2003); • script/rights available from F.G. Reece, P.O. Box 733, Hampstead, North Carolina 28443, U.S.A., e-mail fanniegreece@yahoo.com, telephone (home) 910-270-2914. • Cited by Fannie G. Reece via ftp May 24, 2004; Reece says,

§ Dramatis Personae First Policeman (m nonspeaking), no special age, arresting officer; Second Policeman (m nonspeaking), no special age, officer; Woman (f), no special age, assisted living client; Morgan (f nonspeaking), no special age, counselor.

§ Synopsis “The Woman sits by a window, looking out and talking to herself. She is living in a group home (assisted living situation) and wonders, generally, how she has ended in the predicament she is in. The woman expects to rendezvous later during this Easter Sunday with Stanley. She wonders why neither of her two brothers has called. It's been their custom at least to check in over the holidays and see how she is doing. The Woman reminisces—between wondering when and if Stanley will appear and why her family hasn’t called—about her happy childhood, the suicide of her father when she was a teenager, and the dark event of a stalker in her life. As the day passes and her hopes of meeting with Stanley diminish, she despairs over the tragic direction of her life and begins to think the weeds in the yard of her group home are laughing at her plight. She determines to put up a fight.

§ Comment “‘In The Weeds’ begins with hope for what happiness the holiday will bring. The plot plummets the protagonist into a wall of despair, failure and shame. The Woman cannot cope and descends, instead, into madness. The action begins with the woman sitting in her room. It follows her movement to the porch, overgrown with weeds, and eventually to the front yard where ultimately she is led away by two policemen. The fourth character is her counselor, Morgan, who returns from a day off to watch in horror as the resident for whom she is responsible is arrested for indecent exposure. • The playwright graduated from Shimer College, Waukegan, Illinois, U.S.A., attended graduate school at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, U.S.A., and received her masters degree from Goddard College, Plainfield, Vermont, U.S.A.

§ Themes accidental exhibitionism, arrest, dysfunctional family, insanity, madness, mental illness, lust, need for attention, nudity, nymphomania, suicide.

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