"Open House"

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Berry, Melissa (American playwright and actor, 1969- ), "Open House,"

a 35-minute drama in English set in suburban Massachusetts, March, 1996,


© 1997 by Melissa Berry, scripts/rights available from Melissa Berry, 1627 Micheltorena Street, Los Angeles, California 90026, U.S.A., telephone (home) 213-397-1055. Cited to Webmaster by Melissa Berry via e-mail melberrie@aol.com, March 27, 1997; Berry says,

Dramatis Personae Audrey (f), the eldest sister; Maggie (f), sister, executor; __________ (f), __________; sister (f), mother;

Synopsis “Three sisters return to their childhood home to close and sell the house after their mother’s death. The mother exists onstage as a ghost, unseen by all three sisters and heard only by the eldest, Audrey, as an antagonistic voice in her head. In the midst of packing Maggie announces that as executor of their mother’s will, she has decided not to sell the house. Memories return and old wounds open.”

Comment See also Melissa Berry’s
Themes alcoholism, death, family, family home, ghost, memory, parental emotional abuse, sibling rivalry, sister-sister relationship, voice.

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