Mama and Jack Carew
by Hal Corley
Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy / 2m, 1f
As Beau Stanley's last hurrah before heading off to study architecture in college, doting Mama Lillian vows to help him finally lose his baby fat. Armed with a supply of diet pills and a food-free regimen that includes tearing down a family room wall, 3 a.m. trips to Dulles Airport and blazing, amphetamine-fueled days on the beach, mother and son spend a memorable vacation together. But Beau's weight loss isn't restless Lillian's only project, and in an unguarded moment, she reveals her just-begun affair with a travelling defense contractor, Jack Carew. Mama and Jack Carew is a harrowing, oftentimes black-comedic portrait of an unlikely triangle.
- Strong Language
- Mild Adult Themes
- Minimum Fee: $75 per performance
- Time Period: 1970s
- Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
- Setting: Northern Virginia and suburban Washington, DC, with excursions to New York, Houston and Santa Monica.
- Additional Features: Not Applicable
- Features / Contains: Period Costumes
- Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
LILLIAN: 45 - 55; an unstoppable Southern house afire: raucous, ribald, and irascible; deeply unfulfilled, at times quietly ruminative, aware she's a casualty of too many regrettable choices.
BEAU: 18-29; always incisive, at first shyly self-effacing and needy, later brutally frank, possessing the survivor's wicked sense of the ridiculous that's proof positive he's his mother's son.
JACK: 45 - 55, an amiable, loquacious winner no longer quite at the top of his game; until his considerable charm gives way to deceit, he smoothly scores.
- Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)