The Boy Upstairs
Other Plays by Lucile Vaughan Payne
Payne, Lucile Vaughan (American playwright, short story writer, 19__-____), “The Boy Upstairs,”
a __-minute comedy in English, set in the March apartment, U.S.A., on a spring night, 1965,
© 1965 by Lucile Vaughan Payne;
• in Lucile Vaughan Payne’s The Boy Upstairs, and Other Stories (Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.: Follett Publishing Company, 1965), 183 pp., LC 65-23802 AC r85;
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Brandon Harper (m), 17, friend of Joanna; Jack Bayfield (m), __, a high school senior, "sophisticated," a little too sure and smooth, Joanna's date; Joanna March (f), 16, pretty, high school sophomore; Mrs. March (f), 40, Joanna's mother.
Joanna March, a high school sophomore nervously facing her first formal date, learns that boys as well as girls are nervous about dates and that, as her friend Brandon Harper says, "Parents can't stand it if you aren't normal. They'll make you normal if it drives you crazy." Brandon is also a sophomore. Joanna's date with senior Jack Bayfield precipitates a crisis in both her life and Brandon's. Instinct takes care of everything, just as Joanna's mother has assured her it will--but in a rather surprising way.
• Eight short stories and a play (adapted from the title story) dealing with the experiences of teenagers. Includes one about a first kiss and another about “good old Laura,” a __-minute two-hundred-pound high school student.
• Archived in Lewis W. Heniford Collection of Small-Cast One-Act Plays, Department of Special Collections, Green Library, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, California, Call Number PN6120.O5 L49, http://www-sul.stanford.edu/depts/hasrg/ablit/amerlit/heniford.htm.
• Page mounted July 27, 2006, updated March 2, 2011, by the site Webmaster.
dating, high school.