Semi-Finalist! 1991 National Youth Theatre Playwriting Competition
In an empty classroom after school, we find Ruth, who is futilely trying to prepare a speech about "the role of women in American society and how it has changed since WWII." With the speech, she will hopefully win a scholarship from the Women's Auxiliary of the Legion of American Veteran's, who has not given an award to a woman for ten years. There's already enough pressure on her, but then her relentlessly annoying little brother comes bounding in asking for sanctuary from the "Hulkamaniac Jeff Cotheran" who only wants him dead. Even though her brother's death would be beneficial for her as well, she lets him in. This gives her a great idea! If there's one thing she did not plan on is that this episode would inspire her to write a fantastic speech! Truly a terrific brother/sister story!
Rebuttals received a critically acclaimed production at the Chicago Dramatists Workshop First Annual Showcase of Short Plays.