Phelps, Charleen (Canadian playwright and author, 1953-____), “Thirty Days,” a 23-minute drama in English set in a juvenile detention center, 1990,
• © 1990 by Charleen Phelps, • script/rights available from Charleen Phelps, email@example.com, telephone (home) 250-334-8861, fax 250-334-8861. Cited to Webmaster by playwright via e-mail, March 31, 1997; Phelps says,
§ Dramatis Personae Lorne Anderson (m), 45, booking officer; Charlie Joseph (m), 16, native Indian.
§ Synopsis “Lorne Anderson, 45, an embittered booking officer at a correctional facility for young offenders, discovers he is to be transferred to another job. He reacts with anger and frustration at the system. He books into the facility Charlie Joseph, a sixteen-year-old native Indian who is to spend thirty days in the institution for breach of probation. The two confront each other on their philosophy of life during the booking process. Lorne attacks Charlie then feels especially guilty. These two discover they have more similarities than differences. Both feel they have suffered prejudice. Lorne decides to pursue his lifelong dreams, and Charlie decides to admit his crimes and take responsibility for his life.
§ Comment “Performed as a stage and radio drama. Winner of certificate of merit for playwriting.”
Amerindian, aspiration, correctional facility, guilt, philosophy, prejudice,
probation, responsibility, transfer, youth criminality.
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