Full Length Play
Time Period - Present Day
Settings Of Play - The scenes take place at several benches in typical parental waiting areas: a park, a hospital waiting room, outside of an art class, a skating rink, a train station. The time is the present.
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Unit Set/Multiple Settings, Bare Stage/Simple Set
Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
Adult, Senior, Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13), Teen (Age 14 - 18)
College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Shoestring Budget
Winner! 1993 Mid South Playwrights Award
Annie, a disheveled divorcee doing her best to nurture three kids on her own, Larry, a successful freelance artist, and Lisa, an unfulfilled suburban mom with aspirations of starting her own business, seem to have only one thing in common: their children play together. Watching their children at the playground or waiting during art class and ice skating lessons, they laugh, bicker, update one another on Oprah's topics, disagree on whether Fergie is a pig, swap child rearing tips, gossip, share their thoughts on everything from love and back rubs to marital ups and downs. They develop an unlikely relationship best described as a "no sex affair". Ultimately, a misunderstanding twists the situation into an emotional battleground when Lisa misinterprets the boundaries of friendship.
"[The] characters [are] down to earth [and]...the humor quirky...[in this] light hearted look at platonic love between the sexes." - Commercial Appeal
"Combines witty, thoughtful dialogue with humor and sensitivity and refreshingly strong female characterization." - Memphis Business Journal
Parked was first presented at the Circuit Playhouse in Memphis, Tennessee in August 1993. It was directed by Patti Hatchett.