Other Plays by Shoshannah Boray
Boray, Shoshannah (aka Jennifer Bloomfield, American playwright, actor, director, January 27, 1970-____), “Water People,”
a 60-minute comedy-drama in English, set in Vermont (U.S.A.) country, over a single summer, 1997,
© 1997 by Jennifer Bloomfield;
• in Jennifer Bloomfield’s Water People (Burlington, Vermont, U.S.A.: The Minimal Press, 1997);
• scripts available from Jennifer Bloomfield, 206 North Winooski Avenue, Burlington, Vermont 05401, U.S.A., e-mail email@example.com, telephone (home) 802-652-0761, (work) 301-460-1299;
• rights available from Jennifer Bloomfield, 13712 Wagon Way, Silver Spring, Maryland 20906, U.S.A.
• Cited by Jennifer Bloomfield via ftp April 2, 2002; Bloomfield says,
David (m), 45, Anna’s husband, a newspaper man; Sam (m), 17, David’s son, rebellious and insolent, naive for his age; Anna (f), 40, David’s wife, a blocked sculptor; Melanie (f), 40, Anna’s friend, full of life, joy and sorrow.
“Everything’s fine with Anna and David in their comfortable country home in Vermont. Anna lives sedately. David holds a steady, respectable job with the local paper, but the job has little opportunity for advancement—or excitement. Then David’s insolent son, Sam, shows up. Young for his age and unsure of his future plans, the boy moves in for the summer. Anna’s grieving friend Melanie jets in from the Greek Islands, her latest love as well as her latest career having blown up in her face. Melanie seduces them all with her lust for life.
“A flamboyant visitor seduces a family with her lust for life, as they seduce her with the fruits of their hard work and love.”—Playwright, Jennifer Bloomfield, plays, synopses, reviews, cast sizes, http://www.members.aol.com/jennyfb/plays.html#water, accessed September 30, 2007.
• “Set: single location, with exits. Simple.
• “The play occurs over a single summer in Vermont—in one room, the kitchen, and in the world beyond the kitchen. The conflict appears simple: a stranger disrupts a family’s calm. But at center is a fundamental dilemma: where is the balance between freedom and stability? What compromises do we make in our choices, and what are the costs of each? Audiences leave the theatre with diametrically-opposed interpretations of the characters’ choices . . . and I hope . . . talk about them, think about them, and question their own first instinctive reactions . . . and their second ones!
• “The several tango sequences—brief, simple and seductive—have accompanying music.
• “‘Water People’ has garnered much attention in public readings and productions. It was named best original script in the Maryland One-Act Competition of 2001.”
• "The dialogue is frequently nothing short of masterful."-VOX, Vermont's Voice of the Arts.
• Best Original Script, Maryland One-Act Festival, Chesapeake College, MD, January 2001; Directed by Janet Rodkey.
• Finalist, Princess Grace Awards, 1998.
• Best of the Fest, Honorable Mention, Theatre @ Magic Hat, Growling Pup Theatre Festival (staged reading); Burlington, [Vermont, U.S.A.], 1997.—Playwright, Jennifer Bloomfield, plays, synopses, reviews, cast sizes.
choice, freedom, happiness, lesbianism, stability, summertime, Vermont.