Answers from the Center of the Universe
Other Plays by Kent R. Brown
Brown, Kent R. (American playwright, director, educator, 19__-____), “Answers from the Center of the Universe About Things Unknown,”
a __-minute drama in English, set in the dimly lighted office of a pharmacy, U.S.A., after closing, late at night, 1988,
© 1988 by Kent R. Brown;
• in Kent R. Brown’s Answers from the Center of the Universe About Things Unknown (Woodstock, Illinois, U.S.A.: Dramatic Publishing Company, 1990), LCCN 91-143490, DPC A49;
• script/rights available from The Dramatic Publishing Company, P. O. Box 129, 311 Washington Street, Woodstock, Illinois 60098, U.S.A., telephone 800-HIT-SHOW, fax 800-334-5302.
J.J. Myers (m), 40s, a single parent, recently widowed, an upper management executive; _____ (m), __, a pharmacist who has just learned he is terminally ill; Jennifer (f), 30s, a mother.
“Through the interlacing of monologues, we examine the lives of three people. J.J. Myers, a single parent in his 40s and recently widowed, experiences a chance encounter with a pharmacist who has just learned he is terminally ill. Late at night, long after the pharmacy is closed, both men sip whiskey in the store's dimly lighted office as the pharmacist etches the profile of his colorful life. "I didn't know what to say," reveals J.J. 'All I did was listen.' William, an upper management executive also in his 40s, confesses how he ambitiously pursued personal and professional gratification but devoted little time to his mother. Now that his mother is dying, 'in a cubicle with glass all around,' William comes to terms with his self-absorption and his mother's quiet understanding of his selfishness. Jennifer, in her 30s, reveals the pain of growing up as she relives the night when, as a teenager, she overheard her father talking to her departed mother. 'I stood in the hallway and listened. He told Mom he loved her and missed her...that her irises were coming up just fine...that he'd begun reading her favorite books to be closer to her mind.' Only after Jennifer matures into motherhood does she realize the difficulty involved in understanding oneself and those we love."—Answers from the Center of the Universe About Things Unknown, http://www.dramaticpublishing.com/product_info.php?products_id=85, accessed June 13, 2008.
• Area staging.
• Winner of the 1988 Great Plains New Play Festival.
• “Kent R. Brown is a playwright, director and educator. His plays include Dancing the Box Step, Larry's Favorite Chocolate Cake, The Phoenix Dimension, Answers From the Center of the Universe About Things Unknown, A Trick of the Light, Valentines and Killer Chili, Two Beers and a Hook Shot, Reduced for Quick Sale, Welcome to Four Way: The Town That Time Forgot and The View From Sunset Towers and have been produced throughout the United States, Canada and Australia. He taught at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, where he was co-founder/director of The Mt. Sequoyah New Play Retreat for 11 years. The recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, he has taught at the Writers' Center at Chautauqua, Manhattanville College and the Sewanee Writers' Conference. Brown lives in Fairfield, .[Connecticut, U.S.A.], with his wife, Gayle. He is a member of The Dramatists Guild.”—Kent Brown, http://www.dramaticpublishing.com/brown.html, accessed January 20, 2006.
• “Kent’s works have been produced by theaters and festivals throughout Canada, Australia, Holland and the United States including People’s Light and Theatre Company, Walnut Street Theatre, BoarsHead Theatre, West Coast Ensemble, Boston Theatre Works, Pulse Ensemble, The Side Project and Moving Arts, among others. His plays have won McLaren Comedy, Mill Mountain Theatre and George R. Kernodle awards; Denver Center Theatre’s US West TheatreFest and Theatre in the Raw (Vancouver, BC) citations, and a Drama-Logue award for Excellence in Playwriting. He has been a guest artist-instructor at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and from 1985-1996 served as co-founder and director of the Mt. Sequoyah New Play Retreat. Kent lives in Fairfield, CT [Connecticut, U.S.A.] with his wife, Gayle. He is a member of The Dramatists Guild.”—e-mail from playwright, September 9, 2006.