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. 

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Mama and Jack Carew

by  Hal Corley

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 1f
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Not Applicable
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Semifinalist, Eugene O'Neill National Playwriting Competition
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

In the summer of 1969, 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.  Once Lillian introduces son and lover, Beau's caught in the oedipal crossfire of a covert and explosive new alliance, forced to cover his Mama's many absences from home.  Over the next decade, Jack's repeated pledge to end his own loveless marriage and sweep Lillian away proves a hollow promise.  As increasingly beleaguered Beau sacrifices his own independence to help his mother confront her disillusionment and finally, betrayal, parent-child roles are turned upside down. Mama and Jack Carew is a harrowing, oftentimes black-comedic portrait of an unlikely triangle.
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Keywords

Parenting/Family

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol
  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • 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

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

2m, 1f

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.

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Cast Attributes

  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

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Authors

Hal Corley

Hal Corley is an award-winning and prolifically produced playwright. Two of Hal's plays, An Ounce of Prevention and Finding Donis Anne, have been widely performed (Seattle Repertory Theatre, Syracuse Stage, the Walnut Street Theatre, Westbeth, and by companies in Atlanta, LA, Boston, and Charlotte). Recent work include ...

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