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Denise O'Leary

O'Leary, Denise (English playwright, writer, playwright of the year at Player-Playwrights, 1962-____), “Trust,”

a 30-minute drama in English in eight scenes, set in any city, over two days anytime of year, present,

3m1f (5m1f playable with doubling by 4 actors)

; • © 2002 by Denise O'Leary; • in Denise O'Leary’s Trust (Brentford, Middlesex, England: The Author, 2002); • script/rights available from Denise O'Leary, 11 Orchard Road, Brentford, Middlesex TW8 0QX, England, telephone (home) 020 8847 0650, e-mail denise_oleary@yahoo.co.uk. • Cited by Denise O'Leary, via ftp, February 26, 2004; O'Leary says,

§ Dramatis Personae Micheal (m), 30, well spoken, well educated, decent, honest, kind, still in love with Rose; Frank (m), 35, well groomed, bit of a gangster, hard; Guss (m), 35, Frank's side kick, tough, short cropped hair, not that bright; Mr P (m), 65, Michael's father, very well groomed, well spoken, well educated but morally reprehensible; Bank Manager (m), 55, not sympathetic, just doing his job; Rose (f), 30, gambler, streetwise, hard, very attractive and sexy and in big trouble.

§ Synopsis “(Scene i) Destressing with yoga, Rose faces Frank and Guss, who interrupt by breaking down the door to retrieve a loan that Rose can't repay. They deliver an ultimatum to her and leave. (Scene ii) Rose appeals to Michael for help and money. He loves and longs for her even though her infidelity has broken his heart, but he knows he is too weak for Rose. Although she loves him, he can't help her. (Scene iii) Rose seeks a loan at a bank. No job and an overdraft block her getting it. (Scene iv) Back at Michael’s, Rose, frightened and lonely, needs love more than money. She and Michael dance while they try to figure out what has gone wrong. She wants to stay with him—she's always wanted to stay—but he cannot help her. He expects a date and won’t allow Rose to continue ruining his life. Michael suggests that she ask his dad for money. Rosie, aware that his dad fancies her, fears that her desperate state will prompt him to take advantage of her. Still, she is prepared to ask Mr P for money. Michael realises this, which leaves him feeling less than dust—again. (Scene v) Rose visits Mr P and finds her suspicion correct: he hates Rose for not liking or admiring him. At last having power over her, Mr P happily abuses it. He does, indeed, offer to lend her the money in return for sex even though this would break his son's heart. She erupts with vitriol and breaks much crystal before she leaves. (Scene vi) Frank and Guss play pool and discuss women. Guss has given up on them and now feels free. Frank hasn't given up and wants Rose, but Guss thinks Frank doesn't have a chance. The two men make a bet, and Frank sets off for Rose. (Scene vii) Rose, at home, is astonished that Frank could expect her to like him. She is past caring and dismissive, insulting and abusive. Frank feels humiliated and angry, so much so that he rapes her at gunpoint. But he's no match for her. She manages to get the gun, sticks it in his mouth to make him know what it’s like to have something inside you that you don't want there. She would love to blow out his brains but, instead, shoots him in the balls. "Pull the chain and all the piss and shit disappears". (Scene viii) Rose goes to Michael's—the only place left to her. Seeing her covered in blood distresses him. He desperate want to take care of her collides with fears she will leave him again. Rose’s lifelong loneliness heightens her present predicament: she is so lonely without Michael. She so wants to be with him. She thought he'd wait forever for her even though she had told him, when she left, that she was never coming back. He asks if she has returned to stay and tells her to gamble on something that will pay off—to trust him.

§ Comment “Serious drama, tragic love story. • Rose neither trusts nor relies on anyone. She feels everyone has let her down, from parents she never knew to social services, to her boyfriend Michael, even to life in general. • The single set is a room with a table and chairs. Four actors can play the six characters, one male playing Guss, Mr P and the bank lender.” • Premiered at a benefit show produced and directed by the playwright; this performance won a standing ovation. • Also, “Trust” was shortlisted for the Verity Bargate Award (Soho Theatre London) and the Union Theatre (London). • Playwright of the year at Player-Playwrights—a prestigious writers group of 50 years’ stanading.

§ Themes abandonment, gambling, hope, infidelity, rape, strong woman tragedy, trust.

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