The Wright Place by
TOLL: 30 to 80. Beleaguered.
FRANK TOLL: Helen’s husband, 30 to 80. Pedantic but a
MARTHA WRIGHT: Helen’s mother, 50 to 80. In charge.
LEE TOLL: Helen and Frank's daughter, 40s. Also plays
herself as a child.
DIANA SOLIT: Lee's best friend, 40s. Also plays herself
as a child.
UNCLE RALPH: Frank's younger brother. Likes to joke.
AUNT LIZ: Ralph's wife. Likes to laugh.
Little girls like to play house, and grown women sometimes
spend their lives trying to make those dream houses come true. That quest
mires Lee and her mother Helen in the past in this play about the seductive
nature of home and family.
The only house for Lee is her grandmother Martha’s place, where she spent
summers as a child. While waiting for that perfect home, Lee never chooses
or commits to a home of her own. When Martha Wright dies and Helen decides
to sell the Wright place, a convoluted family struggle begins. Meanwhile,
Lee’s best friend Diana goes on a lifelong search for the ideal house and
family; a journey that takes her from a hippie farm to a suburban paradise,
and from a traveling camper to a church shelter.
The house where Martha Wright and her husband
started married life in 1918. It's in an oceanside town in New England,
where Martha grew up and raised her daughter Helen, and where Helen's
husband Frank grew up. Wicker or bamboo furniture for the yard and sunporch,
and a big table for the kitchen and dining room.
Diana’s many houses, represented by props or set pieces brought in by Lee
The Time - 1953-1990;
About This Playwright
is a published, produced playwright who has also been an actor, director,
critic and theatre professor. All of her plays have great roles for women
and go for the theatricality rather than realism. Her plays have been
produced in New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Kansas City (MO), Austin
(TX) and Ithaca (NY). They have been read at Edward Albee's Great Plains
Theatre Conference, the Last Frontier Theatre Conference, and the
Southampton Writers Workshop. Most recently, her full-length Spiralling
was work-shopped by the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre in Kansas City. Pratt
is a member of Wolf's Mouth Theatre Collective, the Dramatists Guild and the
International Center for Women Playwrights. She also works as a free-lance
writer for business and higher education, and as a public speaking coach.
Visit her online at www.judithpratt.com.
Wright Place is Wright On by Susan
Judith Pratt captures the New England soul in this play centered on an old
old house and the importance of owning a place of one's own. Wonderful
crusty characters -- and those who rebel against crust. A mother and a
daughter sit across the kitchen table from each other but can't understand
why they are not in the same place. The play captures the stresses, strains,
and memories -- beautiful and painful -- that take hold as relatives try to
decide what to do with the family homestead.