CHECK OFF IN THE SUN – FAMILY DRAMA SCRIPT
Victoria is terminally ill. She arranges for a villa in the southwest and has her closest friends and family join her for what is assumed to be a final meeting among them. Two generations attend. It is a farewell but none can figure out how to say farewell. Each comes with a personal history, each with a personal need to assert what Victoria means to him or her, the part she played in his or her life, and even expectations for what Victoria should feel about them. Least of all can they figure out how to handle the impending death.
Traditional arguments among them resume, but now highly tense in the context of a life viewed as an entirety. Each questions his or her own and each other’s accomplishments to the extent their personalities permit. Each questions even more the roles others played in Victoria’s life. And Victoria concludes they came for no reason but to check her off. She herself is not sure why she called them.
There is a frightening police marijuana raid and a steak missing at the dinner table; but they learn how to give comfort and some about life and death, their own as well as Victoria’s.
Author: Leonard Goodisman
Genre: Family drama script
Type: Two-act drama script
Cast: 4M, 5F
Length: 120 minutes
Ages of the actors: One teen, rest twenties to late fifties.
Suitable for: All ages
Set: Minimum. No lighting changes.A table, a chair or two, some suitcases, paper documents.
Level of Difficulty: 8/10 – building tension and climax
Cost is $5 for this workshopped script
Copyright July 2014 Leonard Goodisman and Off The Wall Play Publishers
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