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A Certain Slant of Light

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Lashof, Carol (American playwright, professor of English, 1956-____), “A Certain Slant of Light,”

a 40-minute drama in English, set in the living room of family home in Chicago, a winter afternoon, 1997,


© 1997, script/rights available from Carol Lashof, at (510) 631-4462 or e-mail clashof@stmarys-ca.edu. Cited by Carol Lashof via ftp, November 17, 1997; Lashof says,

Dramatis Personae Ruth (f), the middle sister, from California; Lee Anne (f), the oldest sister; Adrienne (f), the youngest sister.

Synopsis “Ruth, Lee Anne, and Adrienne return home after the death of their influential father. Their mother plans to sell the family house, and Lee Anne, the oldest, wants the three sisters to buy the house and move in together. She hopes to create a bond with her sisters in adulthood that will compensate for the sense of isolation she felt as a child. Adrienne, the youngest, is tempted, but Ruth wants to return to California and pursue her separate life. Sorting through boxes of papers, Lee Anne finds letters documenting their father’s affair with a student. In the wake of this discovery, the young women reexamine their assumptions about their shared past and revisit their own sexual awakenings.

Comment See also Carol Lashof’s “The Story,” a comedy in English, 1m1f.

Themes affair, death, family, father-daughter relationship, home, infidelity, letter, mother-daughter relationship, papers, sexual awakening, sister-sister relationship, teacher-student relationship.

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