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Sugarek, Trisha E. (Irish-American playwright, writer, director, actor, artist, 1941-____), “Women Outside the Walls,” a 10-minute comedy-drama in English, set in a prison, 2:00 p.m., Sunday afternoon, visiting day, late spring, 1998,

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; © 2000 by Trisha E. Sugarek; • in Trisha E. Sugarek’s Ten Minutes to Curtain: A Collection of 10-Minute Plays (Cibolo, Texas, U.S.A.: The Author, 2000), 10 pp.; • script/rights available from Trisha E. Sugarek, 3812 Greenridge Drive, Cibolo, Texas 78108, U.S.A., e-mail trishsugar@aol.com, www.writeratplay.com, telephone (home) 210-269-6858, fax 830-627-0803. • Cited by Trisha E. Sugarek via ftp December 17, 2004, January 18, 2005.

§ Dramatis Personae Charlie (m), 38, the antagonist, white, a bully and murderer serving a 15-life for a reduced charge of manslaughter, ultimately takes Hattie hostage; Joe (m), 38, African-American innocent of the armed robbery charges that sent him to prison but serving a seven-year sentence, husband of Hattie; Brad (m extra), 35, a prison guard; Hattie (f), 35, African-American, Joe's wife, hard working, supportive mother of four, visiting her husband, Joe in prison; Alma (f), 35, white, Charlie's common law wife and mother of Charlie's teenage daughter, an exotic dancer visiting her husband in prison and still supporting her teenaged daughter by dancing, comic relief.

§ Synopsis “The two women, Hattie and Alma are visiting their husbands in prison. Joe, Hattie's husband, was falsely convicted of driving a car during an armed robbery. Charlie, Alma’s husband, murdered a man and plea-bargained down to manslaughter. Alma has to break the news to Charlie that his teenaged daughter is missing and has probably run off with the owner of the strip club where Alma works. Charlie takes Hattie hostage to escape prison and find his daughter. Alma, clueless about real life, adds comic relief. • Trisha Sugarek has been on stage for 25-plus years. She began directing and writing in 1996. She has published with Bakers Plays.”

§ Comment “One set. A cafeteria type room with two tables and four chairs. Street clothing. A couple of signs let the audience know where they are. We used a sign that said: ‘No admittance. Prison personnel and inmates ONLY beyond this point.’ • A voice [off] can be used for the guard. • Part of Ten Minutes to Curtain, a diverse collection ranging from prison stories, to ghosts, to humorous family stories. • This script has been showcased in several major cities, including Chicago, and its full-length version awaits publication.

§ Themes African-American actor, bigotry, disappearance, father-daughter relationship, female protagonist, feminism, hostage, marriage, prison, runaway, strip club, visit.

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