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Carol Mennie as Sister Dominic

“Our Lady of Stone”

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Vanda (American playwright, 19__-____), “Our Lady of Stone,”

a 40-minute comedy-drama in English, set in a modern convent, Northport, New York, U.S.A., noon, August 21, 2001,


  •  © 2001 by Vanda;  •  script/rights available by e-mail or telephone from Vanda, One University Place, 10H, New York, New York 10003, U.S.A., e-mail drvanda@rcn.com, telephone (home) 212-995-2984, fax 212-995-2984.  •  Cited by Vanda via ftp September 16, 2001; Vanda says,

  §  Dramatis Personae Cath Kyle (f), returnee; Sister Martha (f), age flexible, an elderly blind nun; Sister Dominic (f), an attractive nun with an authoritative presence.

  §  Synopsis “Sister Martha on the porch of the convent desperately tries to get Cath to go inside and see Sister Dominic, who having forsaken her vestments sits in her room in her bathrobe playing ‘Ave Maria’ over and over. Cath does confront Sister Dominic in her room.

  §  Comment “‘Our Lady of Stone’ analyzes missed opportunities.  •  The two scenes need only a simple black box or unit set. Preset lights or a simple set change can define the first scene on the convent porch and the second scene in Sister Dominic’s room.  •  Cath Kyle, anxious and prone to tripping over her own feet, has been ‘summoned’ by an ex-mentor, is returning to the modern convent where she was once a nun. Sister Martha-an elderly, blind nun, has seen enough of life not to take it too seriously. Sister Dominic, an attractive and authoritative nun, barefoot and wearing a white bathrobe, holds herself most of the time as if she were in full traditional habit; as she struggles to overcome her own rigidity, signs of a more delicate side and freer self appear.  •  This play won first place in a one-act contest sponsored by Out on the Edge Festival in 1998. It premiered in the Off Off Broadway Review Festival of One Act Plays, New York City, and played at Triangle Theatre, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.”

  §  Dialog sample from the first scene:

Will you stop that, Sister Martha! I'm trying to work up a good reason to
not go in and see her!  If it hadn't been for her I never would've become a
nun! What a waste! Oh, Sister, I  didn't mean being a nun is a waste. What
I meant was, uh . . . .

                        Sister Martha

Well, uh, uh . . . . You see?! See what she's doing?

                        Sister Martha

She's making me say stupid things!

                        Sister Martha
Oh, I wondered who was doing that. A powerful woman, our Dominic.

  §  Themes “Ave Maria,” commitment, convent, lesbianism, female bonding, missed opportunity, nun, religion, religious order, visit, vow.


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