Ashes to Ashes
Other Plays by Norbert J. Hruby
Hruby, Norbert J. (American playwright, retired second president of Aquinas College, 1918-____), “Ashes to Ashes ,”
a 10-minute peace tragedy in English, set in a living room of suburban American home, the present (because it is!),
© 2005 by Norbert J. Hruby;
• in Norbert J. Hruby’s Ashes to Ashes (Grand Rapids, Michigan, U.S.A.: The Author, 2005);
• script/rights available from Norbert J. Hruby, 245 Briarwood SE, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49506, U.S.A., telephone (home) 616-459-1149, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Cited by Norbert J. Hruby, via ftp, November 9, 2005 says,
Joshua Hitchcock (m), middle-aged, businessman; Lieutenant John Williams (m), young, Army officer; Margery Hitchcock (f), middle-aged, Joshua’s wife.
“Mr. and Mrs. Hitchcock receive a letter from their son, an American soldier serving Iraq, in which he tells them that he has traded his impending leave time with another soldier who wants to use his leave-time to meet his newborn son. The Hitchcock marriage is already fragile. The doorbell rings. It is a young Army lieutenant, serving voluntarily as the Casualty Assistance Officer, who has come to report that David Hitchcock, their son, has been killed in action. He delivers David's ashes (in a cardboard box) to Mrs. Hitchcock, who tells her husband, a superpatriot, that he may keep the empty urn, when it comes, and give it a proper military funeral, complete with flag and the blowing of Taps. She leaves her husband, quoting the words of the burial service: ‘Earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust.’
• “The action is continuous in real time—with no change of place or time.
• Having just been written, this 10-minute play was inspired by recent newspaper accounts of American casualties in Iraq and their impact on the home front."
antiwar, death, funeral, Iraq, letter, parental loss, patriotism, peace, swap, war.