Rhoads, Kay (American playwright, social services administrator, writer, 1941-____), “Cocktails and Dancing,”
a 40-minute comedy in English, set in a small town, U.S.A., summer day, 1997,
• © 1997 by Kay Rhoads; • script/rights available from Kay Rhoads, 1118 NW Greenwood, Ankeny, Iowa 50021, U.S.A., e-mail KayR2@Prodigy.Net, telephone (home) 515-964-8477. • Cited by Kay Rhoads, via ftp October 24, 1999; Rhoads says,
§ Dramatis Personae Cecelia Benam (f) 30, slender; Maxine Blackburn (f), 45, stoutly built; Wyattanne (f), 7, Cecelia’s daughter.
§ Synopsis “Cecelia Benam and her best friend, Maxine Blackburn, sit in the backyard of the Benam home where Cecelia reveals to Maxine that her husband has left her. Maxine has been aware of the marital difficulties and has, in the past, advised Cecelia to interject some romance back into the relationship by planning a romantic evening out. Cecelia’s idea of a romantic evening and her description of how the evening went are far from what Maxine had in mind. And Cecelia, finding it impossible to just describe the evening to her friend, talks Maxine into acting out the scenario with her. Cecelia first plays herself, and Maxine takes the role of the husband; then the women switch roles in a last ditch effort that allows Cecelia to understand what happened to her marriage. Seven-year-old Wyattanne, Cecelia’s daughter, meanwhile looks at the situation from her vantage point as a child, peering through her homemade cardboard binoculars, trying to make some sense out of what is happening in her life.
§ “Comment “Two women deal with failed marriage of one. Woman gains insight into herself and her failed marriage. Girl looks at mother’s struggle to accept failed marriage. Two friends accept each other in spite of differences. • One-act, one scene. Set requirements: backyard of a home, artificial grass for lawn, two lawn chairs, dog house a short distance from chairs, row of flowers with pansies in small containers, gardening gloves, and trowel, platform (to represent a tree) sturdy enough to support child. Costume requirements: two quick costume changes with actors conversing while changing out of sight of the audience, nothing special regarding costumes, women in shorts and T-shirts, change to a dress and man's suit, exchange these two outfits with each other, girl in shorts and T-shirt. Lighting requirements: nothing special although some interesting effects could be done, such as a shadow of a picket fence falling across the flowers, sunlight fading into dusk. • ‘Cocktails and Dancing’ has not been produced.”
§ Themes acting, desertion, evening out, female bonding, friendship, marital difficulties, marriage, mother-daughter relationship, perspective, recall, role playing, romance, scenario, self-portrayal.
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