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What Remains by Martha Patterson

ISBN #1-60513-155-5
JAC #2012-0011

Cast Requirements
3 Women; 1 Man

  • JEAN: 62, a widow; proud, practical, and genteel

  • MADELEINE: 33, her daughter; cynical

  • EMLYN: 65, JEANíS husbandís ghost; vain and good-looking; speaks with an Irish accent

  • BARBARA: In her 20s; slim and pretty

Single set.  A beach house in Maine. July 1996. Twilight.

At their summer cottage in coastal Maine, Jean tells her grown daughter Madeleine about an affair Madeleineís proud, deceased, Irish-born father had. Jean agonizes over the affair and the business of selling their vacation home. Through flashbacks, we see the disastrous result the affair had on Jean and Emlynís marriage. Meanwhile, Madeleine, is trying to resolve her relationship with a young man she may marry. Will Jean and her daughter reconcile themselves to their sad past, and keep their beloved summer home?

About this Martha PattersonPlaywright

MARTHA PATTERSON has written more than 80 plays and has been published in four anthologies by the International Centre for Women Playwrights, as well as in several collections from JAC. Her work has been produced Off-Off-Broadway and in Washington, Oregon, Illinois, Michigan, North Dakota, Wisconsin, Massachusetts, Ohio, upstate New York and Florida. She has also been produced overseas in the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Korea and Australia. Shoestring Radio Theatre in San Francisco produced a half-hour mystery of hers in 2010. Martha earned her B.A. from Mount Holyoke College and an M.A. from Emerson Collegeó both degrees in Theatre. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, the International Centre for Women Playwrights, Screen Actors Guild and Actorsí Equity Association.

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Have you read Patterson's full-length The Four Sisters of Bakersfield, The Maid's Day Off, her other one-act Talking to Strangers or her collection What Women Want?

Martha Patterson is also a featured contributor in interJACtions: Monologues from the Heart of Human Nature, Volume 1.

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