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Robinson, Peter James (Australian playwright, actor, 1953-____), “Welcome,”

a 45-minute social drama in English in 14 scenes, set  in the living room of a home in Canberra, Australia, Friday evening, 2002,

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  •  © 2002 by Peter James Robinson;  •  in Peter James Robinson’s Welcome (Ainslie, ACT, Australia: The Author, 2002);  •  script/rights available from Peter James Robinson, 5 Corroboree Park, Ainslie, ACT 2602, Australia, e-mail robinson_peter@msn.com.au, telephone (home) (02) 6257 4635, (work) 0414 244 393.  •  Cited by Peter James Robinson via ftp August 10, 2002; Robinson says,

  §  Dramatis Personae Brett (m), 35, host, Astrid's husband; Daniel (m), 23, guest, new neighbour; Astrid (f), 35, hostess, Brett’s wife; Chloe (f), 23, guest, new neighbour.

  §  Synopsis “Astrid invites new neighbours Chloe and Daniel over for a drink on a Friday night. While Daniel and Astrid are having a cigarette on the verandah, Daniel recalls Astrid’s recently hitting it with a man other than her husband. This event embarrasses them both. Meanwhile, on the lounge, Brett recalls an older memory of Chloe as a prostitute in Sydney, but Chloe does not recall Brett. The pair agree to conceal the information. While Astrid and Chloe check out Astrid's baby Elsa, the men probe each other about any possible knowledge of their partner's secrets. After the four smoke a joint together, a humorous rave turns into an insulting verbal contest between Daniel and Astrid. She goads him to expose her. He does. Chloe admonishes Daniel. He defends himself with an appeal to truth and honesty. Chloe reveals the truth of her past as a prostitute while Astrid and Brett, as they look at Elsa, come to terms with the fragility of their relationship. Daniel seeks some answers from Chloe and glimpses the mountain of reconciliation he claims he is prepared to scale.

  §  Comment “A lounge and a radio/cassette constitute the minimum furnishings in a living room. A baby’s crib is onstage to the side in ‘another room.’ An outdoor area with potted plants is on the other side of the lounge.  •  Sound involves wind, John Lennon's ‘Gimme Some Truth’, Billie Holiday’s ‘I'm gonna love you like nobody loved you’, Stones’ ‘Monkey Man’.  •  The play had two professional seasons in Canberra and won an award at the Canberra Critics Circle Awards.  •  Preferred contact is via e-mail robinson_peter@msn.com.au.”

  §  Themes honesty, goals, marijuana, memory, past identity, prostitution, reconciliation, secret, truth.
 


 

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