The Pain of Pink Evenings
Other Plays by Rosemary Moore
Moore, Rosemary (American playwright, dancer, actress, 19__-____), “The Pain of Pink Evenings,”
a __-minute drama in English, set in Tracy Lusk’s dark, musky living room, Washington, D.C., U.S.A., 2002,
© 2002 by Rosemary Moore;
• in The Best American Short Plays 2000-2001, edited by Mark Glubke, The Best American Short Plays series (New York: Applause Theatre Books, 2002), ISBN 1557834806, 1557834814, ISSN 0067-6284, LCCN 94644540, pp. 312;
• script/rights available from Joyce Ketay, Joyce Ketay Agency, 1501 Broadway, Suite 1908, New York, New York 10036, U.S.A.
Tracy Lusk (f), 45, a grieving ten-year widow.
“On the night of Valentine’s Day, Tracy has a dream about her dead husband, Henry. Even though he has been gone for ten years, Tracy hasn’t moved on with her life. In the dream, she is standing on the shore of an unidentified body of water. Henry rows up to where she is standing in a battered rowboat. He tells Tracy that it is time to let go of his memory because he wants better things for her than stagnation and loss. He tells Tracy to pick a memory from their relationship, and then take a tangible thing from that moment and hurl it into the Potomac River. When Tracy wakes up, she takes her time selecting her memory. She eventually chooses the day they eloped. While they were waiting for a train, Tracy took off her white sweater and revealed her bare arms for Henry, something she’d never done before for a man. She takes the carefully preserved sweater from her closet and spends time with it. Eventually, she puts the sweater in a paper bag and calls a taxi. On the taxi ride to the river, Tracy remembers a story her father used to tell her. A man wanders with a wagon train and a group of followers, seeking his one true love. He draws pictures of her face every night although he hasn’t met her yet. Every town the man drives by, he wanders through in search of his mystery woman. Finally, he finds her, and her name is Tracy. As she rides in the cab to the Potomac, Tracy knows she has to let go of her father, too. At the park on the river, Tracy lies in the grass. A group of Japanese tourists motion for her to take a picture, but they really want to take pictures of her. As she shifts into a more scenic pose, the group of tourists disappears. Tracy then throws the sweater in the river and watches it float until it disappears.
• “In this achingly sad one-person play, Tracy Lusk learns to let go of oppressing memories of her late husband and father.” [cort]—The Pain Of Pink Evenings Summary, http://www.shvoong.com/humanities/drama/706-pain-pink-evenings/, accessed July 25, 2007.
• Originally published in BOMB Magazine under the name “Raindevils.”
• "Rosemary Moore’s most recent production was the New York premiere of 'The Pain of Pink Evenings' at HERE, part of 'The American Living Room Festival' of 2001, directed by Sonja Moser, performed by Wendy Allegaert. In 2000 she was selected as one of five Emerging Playwrights by the Cherry Lane Alternative Mentor Project for the development and production of Aunt Pieces, directed by Michael Sexton, mentored by A.R. Gurney. Rosemary Moore has performed her original monologue shows at downtown venues in New York City. She received her MFA from NYU’s Dramatic Writing Program. Her writing has been published in BOMB magazine; The Breast, An Anthology (Global City Press); ‘The Waverly Review’ and elsewhere. She teaches as a writer-in-residence for Teachers & Writers Collaborative in the NYC public schools and lives in Brooklyn with her husband Joshua Shneider, saxophonist/composer, and her identical twin daughters, Violet and Faye. She is a member of The Dramatists Guild, the playwrighting unit of The New Group and The Writer’s Room.”—Short Plays, p. 151.
• “For over 60 years, The Best American Short Plays series has set the standard for excellence in one-act plays. In this latest edition, we are pleased to present a group of fresh-voiced, cutting-edge plays for the new millenium. Among the twelve plays included are Sheri Wilner's poignant Relative Strangers, which chronicles a young woman's yearning for the mother she never knew; Gary Sunshine's lyrical Al Takes a Bride, in which two young southern women fantasize about marrying each other; Rosemary Moore's The Pain of Pink Evenings, which charts the emotional terrain of a grieving young widow; Brian Silberman's Walkin' Backwards, in which an outcast teenage boy runs away from home on the day of his mother's funeral; and Laurence Klavan's darkly humorous The Summer Sublet, which probes an unexpected affair between a young man and his landlord. From 19th century Memphis to present-day Washington DC, from sexual politics to coming of age, the plays in this volume are sure to inspire, challenge and entertain.”—THE BEST AMERICAN SHORT PLAYS 2000-2001, http://www.playbillstore.com/beamshpl20.html, accessed July 24, 2007.
death, discarding, dream, letting go, loss, memory, Potomac, stagnation, widowhood.