The Cellar – Drama about Money, Secrets, Kidnapping and Lies

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In an unnamed Midwestern city, Gerald and his wife, Helen, are dreaming of a better life. Helen has been pinching her pennies to save up for new curtains, while Gerald collects stamps in hopes of buying a new speed boat. The only thing that could stop them is one of their children coming to them in a time of need, which is exactly what happens when their son, Sonny, approaches Helen for money so he can start his new job out of town in this drama about money, secrets, kidnapping and lies.

Gerald, whose contempt for his son is well known, suspects that he is in hot water after losing a bet on a horse race, but Helen can’t resist giving him her entire savings. Also willing and able to help is Honey, a prostitute and Sonny’s half sister, whom Gerald adores just as much as he despises Sonny. She also happens to be in love with Sonny and has been since they were kids, but the off-putting incestual desire may not be of her own doing. As secrets are revealed and relationships are tested, perhaps Robert, a blind man that Gerald has seemingly kidnapped and stashed in the basement, can be the solution (or scapegoat) this dysfunctional family needs.

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drama about money, secrets, kidnapping and lies

THE CELLAR – DRAMA ABOUT MONEY, SECRETS, KIDNAPPING AND LIES

In an unnamed Midwestern city, Gerald and his wife, Helen, are dreaming of a better life. Helen has been pinching her pennies to save up for new curtains, while Gerald collects stamps in hopes of buying a new speed boat. The only thing that could stop them is one of their children coming to them in a time of need, which is exactly what happens when their son, Sonny, approaches Helen for money so he can start his new job out of town in this drama about money, secrets, kidnapping and lies.

Gerald, whose contempt for his son is well known, suspects that he is in hot water after losing a bet on a horse race, but Helen can’t resist giving him her entire savings. Also willing and able to help is Honey, a prostitute and Sonny’s half sister, whom Gerald adores just as much as he despises Sonny. She also happens to be in love with Sonny and has been since they were kids, but the off-putting incestual desire may not be of her own doing. As secrets are revealed and relationships are tested, perhaps Robert, a blind man that Gerald has seemingly kidnapped and stashed in the basement, can be the solution (or scapegoat) this dysfunctional family needs.

Other plays by American playwright George Freek:

Becoming Strangers- dark comedy about a cabin in the woods
His Heinous Crime – Dramedy about being caught drunk driving

Type: Three act play

Genre: Drama about money, secrets, kidnapping and lies

Cast: 2 women, 5 men (1 double cast)

Ages of the actors:  Twenties to Fifties

Suitable for: Adults

Length: One hour

Set: Helen and Gerald’s Home

Level of difficulty: 7/10 – A meaty drama for the actors to get their teeth into

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Copyright © December 2021 George Freek and Off the Wall Play Publishers

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DRAMA ABOUT MONEY, SECRETS, KIDNAPPING AND LIES

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