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 Posted: Mon Jan 30th, 2012 02:29 am
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Michael Morris

 

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She is Arthur's kid, and that is in that play. Again...

CATHERINE
I got pregnant. With another man's child.
Arthur's child. You.

PAMELA
No.

CATHERINE
I'm sorry.

PAMELA
No... No.

CATHERINE
I'm sorry that I never told you this.
I'm sorry that I agreed not to tell.


Couple of things come to light in the full play that are outside of the scope of this play and scene. First, Pamela eventually goes to Yale, Catherine herself is an English major so the characters are both quite intelligent. Second this play and its five siblings in Moments where written because the first play I wrote, Five Against One, might never escape the rights negotiation phase because its a musical attached to songs I didn't write. It references that play more than its siblings because it is the closest to it. The next 5 plays (which are all completed at this point) deal with these events.

An Unexpected Change in Relations: Pamela breaks up with her first boyfriend (Billy), ironically at the same time her mother falls in love with his father (Brian). The characters end up brother & sister (hence the title).

A Proposal: Brian asks Pamela for permission to marry Catherine, but she struggles with what that is going to mean - her feelings towards 'fathers' being quite tainted.

Crossroads: Pamela and Billy leave for college even as Catherine and Brian announce that they have a sibling on the way. This play probably needs the most work.

What Love Truly Is: This play, the most difficult, darkest, yet brightest of the six, is a conversation between Pamela and the man she marries just before they have sex for the first time - and the first time she willingly has sex. To do this she has to deal with the demons in her mind.

Closure: The final play was the first to be written after Five Against One - and answers the question of what finally happens to Pamela. She confronts Arthur about what he did and why he chose to hide the fact he is her father from her - a fact this play introduces.

At the moment I'm polishing up the plays, but they are starting to lose their individual cohesion. That might be unavoidable. I'm planning to do some readings with them this year and it remains to be seen whether they will keep their independence, or if I take the plunge and expand further causing these 6 10 minute plays to lose their usefulness as separate plays.

While having Catherine hang on to another secret is a fine idea, the main reason I am hesitant about it is that it would shift the focus towards her too much. Five Against One, the prequel to Moments, is ostensibly Catherine's story. One pattern in my cast lists - you know who the protagonist is because I introduce them first and describe all other characters in relation to that character.

Comparing the cast page of Five Against One:

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five...
Catherine Burbank, age 36, a housewife.
Pamela Burbank, age 14, her daughter. Pamela and Catherine are roughly the same stature.
Jeremy Burbank, age 16, her son.
Benjamin Reynolds, age 28, her brother. Marine recruiter.
Christine Reynolds, age 59, her mother. Widowed.

...against one
Arthur Burbank, age 40. Policeman. Catherine's second husband of 14 years. Pamela and Jeremy's stepfather.

In addition, there is a chorus of four actors to represent the rest of the world and serve as narrators. They are double cast for the characters Girlfriend, Dealer, Inmates and Gentleman. Pamela's actress also plays young Catherine in the first act.

There are two acts, each approximately 1 1/2 hours.

It is the present day in any small town in the United States.
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To the cast page of Moments

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This play consists of six ten minute plays each set one year apart in different locations. The master cast list is as follows.

Pamela Reynolds, a young girl and, eventually, woman.
Catherine Reynolds, her mother
Billy Mitchell, her boyfriend and, later, stepbrother.
Brian Mitchell, who becomes her stepfather, an Anglican minister
Alex Harrison, who becomes her husband
Arthur Burbank, her father who is imprisoned.

When performed as a complete play interludes are to be added to give the crew time to transition the sets of the plays. No play of the six expects to have a detailed set.

This play is a sequel to the musical Five Against One. It begins some six months after the events of that play. It is not necessary for the actors or the audience to read or even know about the prequel in order to enjoy this work, but the two together do enrich each other. As that play mentions, Pamela and Catherine are similar in stature. While that is an important plot point to Five Against One it is not important to Moments.

The truly astute may note the last names of Pamela and Catherine change between the plays - that is because both have legally changed their surnames back to Catherine's maiden name because of events in Five Against One.

Run time for the whole play and the soliloquies, Approximately 80 minutes. An intermission between the third and 4th plays is recommended.

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Moments is Pamela's story. Catherine is a major character in this scene and play, but a minor character in the larger play as a whole. Her story is told, and hopefully I can share it one day.

Last edited on Mon Jan 30th, 2012 02:39 am by Michael Morris