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Course of Treatment by Susan M. Lemere

ISBN #1-933159-20-0
#2005-0016

Cast

  • RITA: Secretary to Dr. Logan, middle-aged, conservative in appearance, dedicated to helping Dr. Logan run his practice, but with an underlying sense of personal loneliness, longing for connection.

  • DR. LOGAN: Psychotherapist in his 40s or 50s, casual in dress and intense in manner

  • GIRL ONE & GIRL TWO: Both Girls are college students in their early 20s, stylish dressers and attractive. They are less defined as individual characters than they are by their emotional responses to James Prentice, their English instructor; they should, in other words, be any young female college student.

  • JAMES PRENTICE: 50ish English instructor, husband, and client of Dr. Logan. He is a sharp dresser and takes himself very seriously.

  • MAGGIE : 50ish wife of James, casual in dress and quiet in manner, with a sense of growing underlying anger in her marriage. Can be sarcastic.

  • DELIA: College student in her early 20s, a "free spirit" in dress and manner, intelligent, independent, strong.

The Setting

TIME: Two days during December between the years 2000 and 2005.

The action takes place in the psychotherapy office of Dr. Logan. Other settings, such as Prentice kitchen and James’ college classroom, are presented in the form of recollection and should therefore be suggested rather than elaborately depicted.

Plot Summary

Dr. Henry Logan is working frantically to understand why his long-time patient, the intelligent and capable James Prentice, is rapidly unraveling.   But what exactly is the cause of James’ deterioration? Is it his emotionally distant marriage, his struggle to feel important within his career, or his growing obsession with a college student named Delia and her apparent indifference toward him?   This drama in one act examines the things that keep us going, the things that tear us apart, and the ways in which we impact one another, especially when secrets and passion are at stake.Author Biography
Susan M. Lemere has a Masters Degree in Social Work from Smith College in Northampton, MA and has also received college degrees from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and Greenfield Community College in Greenfield, MA. She has studied creative writing and has been involved in community theater for many years, including The Arena Civic Theater in Greenfield, MA, New Players Theatre Guild in Fitchburg, MA, and Theater on the Mount in Gardner, MA.

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