The Waiting Room
Other Plays by Keith Donaldson
Donaldson, Keith (American playwright, 19__-____), “The Waiting Room,”
a 10-minute drama, set in a hospital waiting room, 1997,
© 1997 by Keith Donaldson;
• in Keith Donaldson’s The Waiting Room (Falls Church, Virginia, U.S.A.: The Author, 1997);
Stan (m), 55, father of Robert’s lover; Robert (m), 35, former lover of Stan’s son; Nurse (f), Stan Jr.’s attendant.
“Stan . . . arrives aggravated, having spent the day in airports and airplanes from Ames, Iowa to Washington. Robert, 30s, introverted, has been at the hospital every day the past two weeks. Stan denounced his son years earlier because Stan Jr. is a homosexual. Robert is a former lover of Jr. He quickly discerns who this homophobic man is. Late at night, the two are alone in the waiting room. They connect with the other through their pain. Stan is angry he can’t see his son having traveled so far. The two voice their personal pain, but Robert doesn’t reveal their connection, until . . . .
• “Single set.
• Award winning 1997 Source Theatre 10-Minute Play Competition.”—Playwrights Forum, http://users.erols.com/pforum/oneact.html, accessed July 9, 2001.
anger, connection, denunciation, first encounter, father-son relationship, homophobia, homosexuality, hospital, illness, invitation, love, rejection, shared pain.