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The Whales of August - Full Length Play

The Whales of August

David Berry

Full Length Play

2m, 3f

ISBN: 9780822212348

The scene is a beach house on an island off the Maine coast, where two…

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Full Length Play


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The scene is a beach house on an island off the Maine coast, where two widowed sisters, Sarah Walker and Elizabeth Strong, have been summering for many years, Elizabeth, the eldest and now blind, has grown increasingly reclusive and irritable, as she progressively closes down each of her senses while awaiting "the escort" who will carry her off to join her late husband. Sarah, much younger and still incurably romantic, now tends her sister, repaying the debt which was incurred when their mother died and the older sister assumed maternal responsibilities. Wistful and autumnal in mood, the play focuses on the seemingly insignificant events of their ordered lives: whether to install a picture window in order to get a better view of the whales who pass by at summer's end; and Elizabeth's guarded reaction to the charming Russian emigre who, in need of a place to stay, works his wiles on the still impressionable Sarah. In the end the play concludes as quietly as it began, but the two sisters have come to decisions which, for them, are both momentous and filled with the bittersweet recognition that life, despite the alterations of time, must continue as best it can.
A sensitive and gently humorous study of two widowed sisters moving into the twilight of their lives, where the richness of past memories and the fading promise of the future come into dubious battle. First produced by the Trinity Square Repertory Company, in Providence, and then by Off-Off-Broadway's noted WPA Theatre. "This is not a play about the pathos of aging, but a call for choice and renewal." —NY Times.


2m, 3f

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