Time Period - 1930s
Settings Of Play - The front porches of two houses next to each other in the small town of
Armitage, in east Ohio, in the autumn of 1938, Margaret’s down right
and Gretchen’s down left, with just a bit of yard in the middle, and up
center on a small platform two men fishing in a small boat on Great
Slave Lake in Canada, a few months earlier. The set should be as simple
as possible. Porch swings would be good, but chairs will do just as well.
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
Mild Adult Themes
Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)
College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
Two women, Gretchen and Margaret, sit on their next door front porches
in a small Ohio town in the autumn of 1938 and talk about their
husbands, both named Clyde, each a brother of the other woman, who have
mysteriously disappeared on a fishing trip to Canada a few months
earlier. As we listen to their funny, sad conversation, we see upstage
the two Clydes in a row boat on Great Slave Lake, and as the play
progresses, moving from one conversation to the other, we are invited to
gradually put together the mystery of what happened to the men.
Meanwhile, Margaret and Gretchen are visited by a pretty 19 year-old
blind girl named Betty who may have been impregnated by one of the
Clydes. Mysterious, complex, frightening, and funny. In Banana Man & Other Plays.