The Prodigals: Two Short Plays

The Prodigals: Two Short Plays

by Don Evans
     
 
ORRIN takes place in the Philadelphia home of a middle-class, upwardly mobile black family. Their well-ordered existence is suddenly shaken by the return of the eldest son, Orrin, a junkie and drug pusher who had been thrown out by his father many months before. Filled with bitterness and false courage, Orrin taunts his "upright" family with street talk and tales of

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ORRIN takes place in the Philadelphia home of a middle-class, upwardly mobile black family. Their well-ordered existence is suddenly shaken by the return of the eldest son, Orrin, a junkie and drug pusher who had been thrown out by his father many months before. Filled with bitterness and false courage, Orrin taunts his "upright" family with street talk and tales of his free-wheeling lifestyle. Despite his bravado, the loneliness and loss he feels are soon clear—as is the sad truth that the distance between him and his family is too great to overcome. (3 men, 1 woman.) The joys and sorrows of black womanhood are at issue in SUGAR-MOUTH SAM DON'T DANCE NO MORE. Sammy, a charming but unreliable drifter, returns unexpectedly to Verda Mae, his on-again/off-again love. This time Sammy promises to stay, and announces that he has left his wife for good, but Verda Mae, after a lifetime of such assurances, won't be convinced. Ironically, in the end, it is Verda Mae's growing sense of independence that leads her to the loneliness and abandonment she fears will be her inevitable fate. (1 man, 1 woman.)

Editorial Reviews

New Orleans Times-Picayune
Evans knows how to structure drama and how to impart a flow to his naturalistic dialogue.
NY Times
...there is a sharpness in the writing.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822209195
Publisher:
Dramatists Play Service, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/01/1977

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