A Dark Comedy by William Ivor Fowkes
How far would you go to hold onto the ones you love? Retired banker Samuel Becker has been living in the woods for 30 years with Gregory South, a retired interior decorator with a big libido and the temperament of a child. Gregory misses their life in the city, but Samuel has found ways to keep him happy. His strategy starts to unravel when a reporter comes snooping around in this darkly funny mystery play.
PRIVATE PROPERTY was first produced at the Late Night Summer Series at The Players Ring, Portsmouth, NH, 2018, where it was directed by Marina Altschiller. The cast included Rick Watts, Jay MacDougall, Aimee Gigandet, Joshua Bernard-Kriegl, Chris Ferrill, Joshua Moore, and Gwen Higgins. PRIVATE PROPERTY was presented in a reading at the 6thAnnual New Works Festival: Northern Writes, Penobscot Theatre Company, Bangor, ME in 2012. Subsequent readings were presented at the Pulse Ensemble Theatre under the directorship of Alexa Kelly and Brian Richardson, New York City, in 2015, and at The Players Ring, Portsmouth, NH, in 2017.
Age 60s. Retired interior decorator. Has a big heart and a big libido. Childish, impetuous, and excitable. Walks with a limp and a walking stick.
60s. Retired banker. Imperious, articulate, exacting, and controlling. At his wits' end.
50s. Housekeeper and hanger-on. Feisty, energetic, and eccentric.
30s. Interior decorator. Impulsive. Horny.
30s. Banker. Articulate. Somewhat controlling.
20s. Young Birdy. A flower child (hippie). Flighty and insecure.
20s. Hitchhiker and recent college graduate. Outgoing, opportunistic, and sexy. Irish.
20s. Freelance magazine writer. Solicitous but cunning.
Tony Vescio - a realtor on the phone.
David Acheson - a magazine editor on the phone.
A house in the woods near Milford, PA.
2005 and 1975
1: 2005-an August afternoon.
2: 1975-an August afternoon.
3: 2005-two months later. An October afternoon.
4: 1975-a week later.
5: 2005-later that night.
6: 2005-three days later.
7: 1975-later that night.
How far would you go to hold onto the ones you love? That's the dilemma faced by Samuel Becker, a wealthy retired banker who first came to the woods of northeastern Pennsylvania thirty years ago with his partner, Gregory South, an interior decorator with a big libido and the temperament of a child.
To keep Gregory occupied and happy in the woods, Samuel has been buying houses in the area for him to decorate. By this point, they've acquired a large collection of these houses, each decorated in a different style.
The third member of their household is Birdy Bock, a strange and feisty woman who wandered into their lives and set down stakes many years ago, eventually becoming their housekeeper and eyewitness to all their shenanigans. And then, of course, there's everyone's special friend, Joe.
Samuel runs the household with an iron fist, enforcing a list of "house rules" designed to preserve their security and privacy as well as his sanity. His strategy seems to be working, since they've managed to settle into a comfortable if dysfunctional life together for all these years.
But all that's starting to change with the arrival of some suspicious new neighbors-who may or may not have murdered Mister Wiggles, Birdy's beloved cat-and the snooping around of an inquisitive reporter who wants to write an article about their strange collection of decorated houses.
As the world starts to intrude on the privacy Samuel has worked so hard to preserve, everyone's nerves start to unravel to the point where it's not clear if the real danger lies outside the household-or within.
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.33(d)|
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