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Boray, Shoshannah (aka Jennifer S. Bloomfield, American playwright, actor, director, January 27, 1970-____), “Water People,”

a 60-minute comedy-drama in English, set in Vermont (U.S.A.) country, over a single summer, 1997,


; • © 1997 by Jennifer Bloomfield; in Shoshannah Boray's Water People (Burlington, Vermont, U.S.A.: Author, 1997); • scripts available from Shoshannah Boray, 206 North Winooski Avenue, Burlington, Vermont 05401, U.S.A., e-mail jennyfb@aol.com, telephone (home) 802-652-0761, (work) 301-460-1299; • rights available from Shoshannah Boray, 13712 Wagon Way, Silver Spring, Maryland 20906, U.S.A. • Cited by Shoshannah Boray via ftp April 2, 2002; Boray says,

§ Dramatis Personae David (m), 45, Anna’s husband, a newspaper man; Sam (m), 17, David’s son, rebellious and insolent, naive for his age; Anna (f), 40, David’s wife, a blocked sculptor; Melanie (f), 40, Anna’s friend, full of life, joy and sorrow.

§ Synopsis “Everything’s fine with Anna and David in their comfortable country home in Vermont. Anna lives sedately. David holds a steady, respectable job with the local paper, but the job has little opportunity for advancement—or excitement. Then David’s insolent son, Sam, shows up. Young for his age and unsure of his future plans, the boy moves in for the summer. Anna’s grieving friend Melanie jets in from the Greek Islands, her latest love as well as her latest career having blown up in her face. Melanie seduces them all with her lust for life.

§ Comment “The play occurs over a single summer in Vermont—in one room, the kitchen, and in the world beyond the kitchen. The conflict appears simple: a stranger disrupts a family’s calm. But at center is a fundamental dilemma: where is the balance between freedom and stability? What compromises do we make in our choices, and what are the costs of each? Audiences leave the theatre with diametrically-opposed interpretations of the characters’ choices . . . and I hope . . . talk about them, think about them, and question their own first instinctive reactions . . . and their second ones! • The several tango sequences—brief, simple and seductive—have accompanying music. • ‘Water People’ has garnered much attention in public readings and productions. It was named best original script in the Maryland One-Act Competition of 2001.”

§ Themes choice, freedom, happiness, lesbianism, stability, summertime, Vermont.

See also Shoshannah Boray's

  • "Mandolin," a minute comedy-drama in English, set in a slightly downtrodden park in Montreal, Quebec, on an autumn afternoon, 1998, 1m2f
  • "The Unreasonable Man," a 10-minute comedy in English, set in a Louisville cafe, brunch time, 1997, 3m1f

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