Let Me Hear You Whisper and The Ladies Should Be in Bed

Let Me Hear You Whisper and The Ladies Should Be in Bed

by Paul Zindel

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Let Me Hear You Whisper and The Ladies Should Be in Bed by Paul Zindel

LET ME HEAR YOU WHISPER. The action is set in the laboratory of the American Biological Association Development for the Advancement of Brain Analysis, where curious experiments involving various mammals are taking place. Helen, a newly engaged cleaning lady, is particularly drawn to a dolphin and is shocked when she learns that, having failed to "talk" as hoped for, it is slated for brain dissection. She makes a desperate attempt to rescue the dolphin from the scientists, incurring first their indignation and then, when the dolphin does indeed "talk" for Helen, their futile pleas that she change her mind about leaving and stay on to help them in their experiments. But the gentle Helen has had enough—both of "Custodial Engineering" and of schemes to change man's relationship to the other creatures with whom the world must be shared. (5 women, or can be divided between men and women.) THE LADIES SHOULD BE IN BED. Having invited some old friends for bridge, Elinore provides them with drinks while she attends to her ill and aged mother. But while she is gone their conversation reveals their real focus of interest—the mysterious man who occupies the abandoned building next door and who reputedly engages in sordid sexual doings with neighborhood young people. As the talk grows looser, hidden animosities and frustrations emerge, climaxing in a mindless, even cruel, prank, which, more than words, reveals the true natures of the "ladies." The play raises disturbing questions about those among us who are so quick to pass judgment on the actions of others. (6 women.)"

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780822206262
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service, Incorporated
Publication date: 01/01/1998
Pages: 55
Product dimensions: 52.50(w) x 77.50(h) x 2.50(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.

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