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Father Dreams - Full Length Play

Father Dreams

Mary Gallagher

Full Length Play

2m, 2f

ISBN: 9780822203889

Described by the author as "the waking and sleeping dreams of Paul Hog…

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Described by the author as "the waking and sleeping dreams of Paul Hogan, the son, on a Sunday afternoon," the play is comprised of flashbacks and fantasies that illuminate the steady disintegration of a family dogged by the father's growing madness. A manic-depressive lawyer, whose career is destroyed by his illness, the father withdraws from reality, into surreal mood swings, leaving his wife and children impoverished and embittered. The action takes place largely in the mind of the son, Paul, as he drifts in and out of sleep while debating whether to visit his father in the institution where he has been confined. Memories are interspersed with interludes of vaudeville humor, where past and present are distorted into scenes of wild, cartoon-like fantasy. But guilt—and terror—cannot be laughed away and, as the line between sanity and madness grows thinner, we are made movingly aware that the son, while fighting to avoid the fate of his father, may, inevitably, come to share it.
A wrenching, funny study of a family falling apart which, in its successful Off-Off-Broadway production, heralded the arrival of a highly imaginative and brilliantly perceptive writer. "…Miss Gallagher has a genuine talent for conjuring life into theater…this is a dramatist with virtuosity as well as potential." —NY Times. "…hard-edged, funny, and moving." —Village Voice.


2m, 2f

Mary Gallagher

Mary Gallagher

Mary Gallagher's plays Father Dreams, Little Bird, Chocolate Cake, Buddies, Dog Eat Dog, Love Minus, How To Say Goodbye, De Donde? and Windshook have been published by Samuel French, Dramatists Play Service and Playscripts, Inc. and produced at such theatres as the American Conservatory Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Hartford Stage Company, the Alley Theatre, the Main Street Theatre, the ... view full profile

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