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Williams, Paula (Australian playwright, short story writer, dabbler in other genres, 1925-____, “Wife Number Two,”

a 30-minute comedy in English, set in a motel room in a just-becoming-popular seaside town and in a spotlit part of a restaurant, Australia, 1993,

2m2f (+ f bit)

; • © 1993 by Paula Williams; • in Paula Williams’ Mrs. Berry’s Motel: A Trilogy (Bangalow, Byron Shire, New South Wales, Australia: The Author, 1993), __ pp., containing “No Oysters, Please,” a comedy, 2m2f; “Wife Number Two,” a comedy, 2m2f (+ f bit); and “A Nice Weekend,” a comedy, 2m2f; • script/rights available from Maverick Musicals, Bergann Road, Maleny Queensland 4552, Australia, telephone +61 7 5494 4007, fax +61 7 5494 4007, e-mail gail@mavmuse.com; contact Paula Williams, telephone -61 2 6687 2728, e-mail miathara@linknet.com.au. • Cited by Paula Williams via ftp, July 29, 2003; Williams says,

  §  Dramatis Personae Don (m), 45-ish, self-centred charmer; The Waiter (m), an older man; Mrs.Berry (f), just past middle age, inquisitive but with a twinkle.; Kate (f), 40-ish, intelligent, good figure; Shirl (f bit role), _____.

  §  Synopsis “The end of an affair between a mature-age (45-ish) man, and his 40-ish mistress.

  §  Comment “The Waiter is an older man who has been waitering in classy restaurants for over thirty years. Now happy to carry on in this smaller sea-side Restaurant, where he can indulge what he feels is a right he has earned, to treat his customers as he finds them. He is something of a philosopher, with a dry humour. • Mrs. Berry is just past middle age, inquisitive but with a twinkle. Inclined to drop her `g's'.”—Paula Williams, http://www.bangalow.com/bangalow/writers/paula_williams.htm, both accessed August 19, 2002. • ““Paula Williams, 78-year old playwright, began her association with the stage with Sydney University Dramatic Society (SUDS) in 1948-49, running around backstage with a string of safety pins, and delivering her one Shakespearean line with all the aplomb of a terrified mouse. She married in New Guinea highlands an engineer; they have two children. Subsequently they lived in Sydney many times, Hong Kong, and the Gove Peninsula, Northern Territory, Australia, until they 'dropped out' to become elderly self-sufficiency dudes on a rundown property on a mountainside near Nimbin, site of the Aquarius Festival. Has moved all her life, before during and after marriage. Likes change, hates cities, has been a questioner all her life. Began writing plays at he age of 61, after leaving her 37-year-old marriage. She and her husband are now good mates. Her plays sketches and monologues have been performed many times. In 2002, two one acts were published; another was shortlisted in an International One Act Play Competition in Malibu, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.. She writes with insight and humour gentle plays about relationships. Once a member of ANPC (Australian National Playwrights Centre), Sydney’s Griffin Theatre, and Brisbane’s Playlab (Playwrights Laboratory) and FAW (Fellowship of Australian Writers). Now confines her membership to Playworks (National body based in Sydney) and helping run Bangalow Writers’ Group (mixed genres) and the script/workshop arm of Baywrite Theatre, Inc. (Byron Bay) Has always done volunteer work wherever she’s lived. Does tai chi, aerobics and aqua-robics, and maintains a difficult, terraced vegetable garden.”

  §  Themes sexuality, vulnerability.

See also Paula Williams’s

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