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by Lon E. Rogers
Cast of Characters
Matthew Shelton, a famous American playwright, loses his 17-year-old son Daniel to death in a tragic accident. In an attempt to assuage his grief, he writes a play about him but consents to its production only if he can choose the actor who plays the young Daniel. Tommy, the chosen actor, bears an uncanny resemblance to the deceased Daniel, which rekindles Matthew's mourning for his lost son. Gradually, in Matthew's mind Tommy becomes Daniel with disastrous consequences. Nora, the wife, attempts to intercede, but Matthew turns a deaf ear. In a concluding climactic scene, Tommy reveals to Nora a truth about Matthew and Daniel that alters relationships forever. Losing Daniel is the story of a playwright who has devoted his life to the smoke and mirrors of the stage only to become entangled in his own blurred inner narrative.
About this Playwright
LON ROGERS resides in Dallas, Texas. His published credits include a novel, The Between Season, and stage plays, Kierkegaard's Gambit, Evening Star Rising, Second Son, and Losing Daniel, in addition to articles published in the medical literature. The play Captive Minds was a winner of the 2012 Denton Community Theatre Playwriting Festival. Losing Daniel was selected for a staged reading in the Winter Reading Contest by the Texas Dramatists 2008 and won Honorable Mention in the Stage West Playwriting Competition, Fort Worth, Texas 2008. As a teacher of English as a second language, Lon Rogers has written 60 reading lessons, as stories with worksheets, for ESL students. The lessons are combined into two separate PDF files of thirty lessons each. All are offered—free of charge—to all ESL students, teachers and schools. The lessons may be viewed and/or downloaded as PDF files at www.tenplustwenty.com. Lon Rogers is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America.
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