If It Don't Hurt, It Ain't Love

by  John R. Carroll

Short Play, Drama  /  2m, 2f

A bright young girl is dying of terminal cancer. Terrie, a charming and daffy orderly, loves her out of a kind of obligation. However, Cathy's mother is running away from the situation, so afraid of her daughter's impending death that she does not let any honest emotion through.

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If It Don't Hurt, It Ain't Love

by  John R. Carroll

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    2m, 2f
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  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

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A bright young girl is dying of terminal cancer. Terrie, a charming and daffy orderly, loves her out of a kind of obligation, an acceptance of her fate. Cathy's mother is running away from the situation, so afraid of her daughter's impending death that she builds a wall of fear, not letting any honest emotion through. These two masks are like the illness itself -- they are both being torn from within. It is Cathy herself, learning how to live and to die, who helps in the reconciliation of the two people she loves most. A gallant, touching, unexpectedly humorous play -- timeless, and with a universal appeal.
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  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre

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  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance

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  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

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John R. Carroll

John R. Carroll's first play was published when he was 15 years old. The Enchanted Bicycle was printed in Plays magazine and a playwright was born. His plays have been produced and published throughout the United States, Great Britain, and Australia and include

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