Other Plays by Harlene Goodrich
Goodrich, Harlene (American playwright, 19__-____), “Picture Perfect,”
a 10-minute comedy in English, set in a family living room, U.S.A., January 6, 2005,
© 2005 by Harlene Goodrich;
• in Off-Off Broadway Festival Plays, vol. 30 (New York: Samuel French, Inc, 2005);
• script/rights available from Samuel French, Inc., 45 West 25th Street, New York, New York 10010, U.S.A., telephone 212-206-8990, fax 212-206-1429; contact form at http://www.samuelfrench.com/store/contact_us.php.
Daddy (m), 45, _____; Charles (m), 14, son; Mother (f), 45, _____; Betty Jean (f), 15, daughter.
“When her family are seen to be less than perfect, Mother invents a family . . . .”—Harlene Goodrich - complete guide to the Playwright and Plays, http://www.doollee.com/PlaywrightsG/goodrich-harlene.html, accessed September 5, 2008.
“Truth is all in the lighting, the angle, and the eye of the camera; or so Mother would have her family believe. Instead of leaving because her husband and children didn't live up to her expectations, she invented a family that did. Mother's eye, through the lens of her camera, is ever at the ready to blur the focus and create a picture of a life well lived. Family photos of fish never caught, races never won, prizes never received, crowd the walls and tables of her home. When Daddy packs his bags in an effort to leave the imperfect life that gives lie to the picture perfect gallery, Mother, with the help of their children, reels him back. ‘After all,’ she reminds him, ‘the truth doesn't make us free. It makes us all the more miserable for showing us up for what we aren't. What we don't have and never will.’ This is why when Mother says, ‘Smile,’ everyone does.”—Samuel French, Inc. The House of Plays & Musical Plays for Over 175 Years, http://www.samuelfrench.com/store/product_info.php/products_id/6331, accessed September 5, 2008.
• Simple set.
• “Harlene Goodrich lives in Seal Beach, California with her husband, Michael. She received her Master’s Degree in Professional Writing from the University of Southern California, where she received three short play productions, and studied with the late playwright Jerome Lawrence, author of Inherit the Wind. Ms. Goodrich’s three short plays, 'Picture Perfect,' 'Honk If You Love the Navy,' and 'Sometimes a Cigar . . . ', and her full-length play, Miracles, 7:30 Tuesday, have been produced Off-Off Broadway by Love Creek Productions. Her full-length play, Light Under the Door, won Colleagues Theatre Company’s (NY) full-length play competition. Her plays have also been produced in festivals in California, Delaware, Iowa, and Virginia. Ms. Goodrich is a member of Playwrights Voice Ensemble (PVE) and the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights (ALAP).”—Outside the Box: Thirtieth Series - Google Book Search, accessed September 5, 2008.
camera, dominance-submission, family, husband-wife relationship, photography, truth.