A Prayer for My Daughter
Other Plays by Thomas Babe
Babe, Thomas (American playwright, director, 1941-December 6, 2000), “A Prayer for My Daughter,”
a __-minute psychological drama in English, set in a New York City police station, 1977,
© 1977 by Thomas Babe;
• in Thomas Babe’s A Prayer for My Daughter (New York: Samuel French, Inc., 1977), SF 18114;
• script/rights available from Samuel French, Inc., 25 West 45th Street, New York City, New York 10010-2751, U.S.A., telephone 212-206-8990, fax 212-206-1429; or 7623 Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, California 90046-2795, U.S.A., telephone 213-876-0570, fax 213-876-6822; or 80 Richmond Street East, Toronto, Ontario M5C 1P1, Canada, telephone 416-363-3536, fax 416-363-1108; or Samuel French, Ltd., 52 Fitzroy Street, London W1P 6JR, England.
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Sean the Con/Simon (m), middle-aged homosexual, a self-styled guru; Jimmy (m), young, his druggie partner, acolyte, thug, father; Francis Kelly (m), hard-nosed, Irish alcoholic cop, prototypically cold, dispassionate macho male; Jack Delasante (m), outwardly affable Italian cop.
“A middle aged homosexual and his druggie partner are interrogated by the police after an old woman's murder.” — Doollee.com, http://www.doollee.com/Index1.htm, accessed February 28, 2004.
“During the course of the investigation, the hard-nosed, Irish alcoholic cop, Francis Kelly, gets repeated phone calls about the threatened suicide of his daughter. The outwardly affable Italian cop, Jack Delasante, himself a mainliner, uses the temptation of a fix as an interrogation tactic. ‘Sean the Con’ (who prefers to be called Simon) is a self-styled guru who has entranced, ensnared and hooked young Jimmy, who’s bucking to be the fall-guy for the murder of an old Jewish woman. It’s never totally clear exactly who pulled the trigger, but that’s less the point than the razor-sharp game of cat-and-mouse that is played nearly to the death, with hairpin turns and volatile reversals. In the process, we get to see way down deep into each of the characters, as they expose their fears and uncertainties, weaknesses and warts. They taunt each other with that knowledge, and each, in turn, is brought to his knees. The effect is chilling and unpredictable.” [Pat Launer]—A Prayer for My Daughter,
http://www.sixthatpenn.com/a_prayer_for_my_daughter.htm, accessed June 16, 2004.
• Premiered at O'Neill Theater Center’s National Playwrights Conference (Connecticut, U.S.A.), 1977.
• Research could include “Prayer for my Daughter,” a poem by William Butler Yeats.
alcoholism, brutality, drugs, homosexuality, interrogation, manhood, murder, police, suicide.