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A Letter from Ethel Kennedy
     

A Letter from Ethel Kennedy

by Christopher Gorman
 
Kit Conway, a thirty-nine-year-old HIV-positive television executive, is attempting to make amends with his mother, Bridget, and father, Jimmy, before he dies. At the same time he is trying to complete an autobiographical play about his parents. The story unfolds over three lunches at a restaurant in New York City's Theatre District. The first lunch, in summer, is

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Kit Conway, a thirty-nine-year-old HIV-positive television executive, is attempting to make amends with his mother, Bridget, and father, Jimmy, before he dies. At the same time he is trying to complete an autobiographical play about his parents. The story unfolds over three lunches at a restaurant in New York City's Theatre District. The first lunch, in summer, is with his mother, a whiny alcoholic in denial about her son's illness. At the second lunch, in the spring, Kit meets up with his father, who has nothing but criticism for him. In the final act, Kit has died, and his mother, who is trying to better herself by attending AA meetings, has lunch with Kit's ex-lover, Matthew, as she hopes to find out if her son knew love. What she does find out is Kit's desire to have his autobiographical play performed onstage, for all to see.

Editorial Reviews

NY Newsday
[A] highly personal play [with] articulate expressions of long-standing family grievances and clear-eyed summaries of emotional histories.
Time Out
...a swirl of anger, wryness, befuddlement and resignation that reads heartbreakingly authentic...
Variety
There is a play within a play within a life...heartfelt...nicely crafted...

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822219200
Publisher:
Dramatists Play Service, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/01/2003
Pages:
54
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.30(d)

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