The action of the play takes place the in borough of Staten Island in the mid-50s. Mrs. Boyd, a divorced practical nurse, makes a living by caring for terminally ill patients, moving from house to house with her sensitive, lonely, teenage son, Chris. As the play begins Mrs. Boyd and Chris arrive at the home of Mrs. Dipardi, who is dying of cancer, and whose profane, hard-drinking son, Floyd, has alienated the neighborhood by flaunting his fondness for young boys and throwing noisy backyard parties. Suffocated by his over-protective mother and rejected by his absent father, Chris strikes up a friendship with Harold, a young hustler who has moved in with Floyd, but their relationship, like the others in the play, founders on the pervading bitterness and alienation which, inevitably, bring on a series of explosive and emotionally charged confrontations. Eventually Chris, unlike the others, does find the self-awareness�and courage�to overcome his circumstances and, as the play ends, the suggestion is strong that he will, in time, come to terms with the "dragons" that have beset, and shaped, his troubled youth.
|Publisher:||Dramatists Play Service, Incorporated|
|Product dimensions:||5.00(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.30(d)|
|Age Range:||12 - 17 Years|
About the Author
Paul Zindel (1936-2003) was a playwright, young adult novelist, and educator. His most well-known work, The Pigman, is a children's book often taught in classrooms to study themes of peer pressure, loss, family, and death, despite being one of the most frequently banned books in America. Zindel's debut was The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds, a play for which he received the 1971 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Zindel was also awarded the Margaret A. Edwards Award from the American Library Association for his contribution to young adult literature.