Bite the Hand and Mooncastle

Bite the Hand and Mooncastle

by Ara Watson



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Bite the Hand and Mooncastle by Ara Watson

BITE THE HAND. The place is the back porch of an old house in a small town in South Dakota, the time the summer of 1947. Reba (in her forties) and April (in her twenties) are two women who, forced to fend for themselves when the local mill laid them off, have turned to the "oldest profession." But now April has accepted an offer of matrimony and is packing to leave—a development which is not easily accepted by Frank, the manager of the mill and one of April's "regulars." To make matters worse, it turns out that Frank has just shot his wife and her lover, and learning that April is also defecting is almost more than the shaken Frank can bear. Furthermore, he still has the gun in his pocket—which makes April's defiance all the riskier and Reba's nervousness all the greater. But the crisis passes (the gun is empty) and Frank departs (they'll probably let him go scot-free) and the two ladies, collapsing in relieved laughter, decide to relax and take in a movie before April boards the bus to Sioux City and a new life with her husband-to-be (who happens to look just like Frank). (1 man, 2 women.) MOONCASTLE. Divorced and living alone in a remote Oklahoma town, Lloyd welcomes a visit from his sister Eve, a hard-drinking, tough-talking carnival operator trying to make a living with what remains of a touring show that was broken up by her partner's sudden demise. Lloyd puts on a good face, although he is disturbed by the news that his ex-wife has remarried and by the fact that his children never call him; while Eve, ever ebullient, cannot disguise the emptiness she feels at Red's death (even though he was married to another woman), a sense of loss that the brassy young Don, who she has signedas helper and lover, cannot really assuage. Trying to reach out to his neighbors, Lloyd persuades Eve to set up her paraphernalia in his front yard, charging the local kids a nominal twenty-five cents (even for the fabled "Mooncastle" ride); but the sheriff quickly closes them down, and they don't even take in enough to pay for the electricity. But somehow the experience becomes a watershed for both of them, as Eve decides that this will be her "farewell tour," and Lloyd accepts the fact that what he has is all he ever will have—or could really ever have hoped for. (2 men, 1 woman.)"

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ISBN-13: 9780822201229
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/01/1985

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