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"Jaws of Life"

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Beard, Jocelyn (American playwright, 19__- ), "Jaws of Life,"

a 25-minute drama in English, set here, 1996,


© 1996, script/rights available from Jocelyn Beard, RR#2 Box 151, Patterson, NY 12563, U.S.A., telephone (home) 914-878-6388, (work) 914-878-6388, fax 914-878-8009, e-mail Cited by playwright via ftp June 24, 1997; Beard says,

Dramatis Personae Kristen (f); Jason (m), Kristen's older brother; Mother (f), a career woman; Father (m)

Synopsis "A one-night stand in the mall parking lot has left Kristen pregnant and infected with HIV. Her illness is a challenge to both her older brother, Jason, who fears contact infection and her mother, a busy career woman who has lost her ability to communicate with her family. And so it falls to Kristen's father, a gay man who has lost his own lover to the Plague, to hold her at the end."

Comment "'Jaws of Life' offers a snapshot-like view of a young woman's journey with HIV and AIDS.

Themes AIDS, brother-sister relationship, death, family, father-daughter relationship, generational gap, HIV, homosexuality, pregnancy.

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1/2/3/4 for the Show: A Guide to Small-Cast One-Act Plays

by Lewis W. Heniford

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