Full Length Play
120 minutes (2 hours)
Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century
Settings Of Play - A rustic cabin in the woods.The set should include a section of the exterior porch as well as a section of the interior living room.
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Local Celebrity Cameo, Physical Comedy
Interior Set, Exterior Set
Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
Alcohol, Gun Shots, Strong Language
College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
On the first weekend of summer, Elsie and her friends gather at their cabin in the woods for their annual meeting. As Elsie struggles to repair their dilapidated retreat, the other women become distracted by their own problems. Elsie hammers away trying to fix the place, while her best friend, Diane, drinks wine coolers. One evening during Art Night, when they celebrate their artistic pursuits, the women-only weekend is interrupted by two mysterious men who emerge from the woods. Elsie tries to deal with her unmistakable attraction to one of the men at the same time she is forced to deal with the real reason for the meeting. As old and new wounds resurface, conflicts erupt between the hold of the past and the need to let go. Elsie discovers the fate of the lodge as she rediscovers the value of friendship.
"All the women in the play are part of what I've experienced. In my own life, my women friends have been very supportive of me...and I wanted to write something about that." - B.J. Burton as quoted in The Philadelphia Inquirer
Lobelia Lodge was originally produced by Theatre Widener, Charles B. Smith, Artistic Director, at the Burt Mustin Theatre, Widener University, Chester, Pennsylvania, on April 26, 1995. It was directed by Patrick F. McDade.