Dramatic, by Ken Bradbury, 1998

A young girl returns home to get her mentally retarded brother. Strong character parts.

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8 - 10 minutes

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  • 2 Females, 1 Male

Product Id: #701

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An excerpt …

(The setting is southeast Kentucky, deep in the pinewood forests. Mandy, a Junior Executive with a Nashville accounting firm, has returned to the home of her mother and her mentally disabled brother, Michael, who the family has always called Gooshy. Mandy’s unkempt mother is barely literate and has “gotten by” in their ramshackle backwoods house mainly by the help of Michael’s government checks.)

Mama: So. Christmas bring you home, does it?

Mandy: Hello, Mother.

Mama: “Hello, Mother!” My, but don’t you talk dif’ernt nowdays. That the way they talk in Nashville? Spiffy dress. What’d it cost ya?

Mandy: It wasn’t much … Mama. Merry Christmas.

Mama: Why’d ja come?

Mandy: That’s it? That’s all you’ve got to say to your daughter at Christmas?

(There is powerful conflict.)

Mandy: Stop that, mama! That’s awful! I want to see, Michael.

Mama: He won’t answer to that. Gooshy’s all he knows. Old gooshy-brain.

Mandy: Stop calling him those horrible names, Mama! How do you expect him to  … (Michael enters) … Michael! Michael, is that you?!

Gooshy: (his thought processes are slowed not only by his affliction, but from years of being treated as incapable by his mother.) Who you?

Mandy: I’m your sister, Michael. I’m Mandy. Remember?

Gooshy: Me Gooshy. Who you?

(Mandy decides to take Michael from the house.)

Mandy: You won’t get sick anymore, Michael. Come on. You’re going with me. (they leave)

Mama: (screaming at them as they leave) You a hateful chile, Missy! You hear me! Hateful! Hateful! Hateful! You just take ‘im, you hear! You dress ‘im up fancy like you and just see what it gets you, Missy! You just see what it gets you! Nothin’! Nothin’ but a life ‘o hate! (breaking into tears, consumed by the very hate of which she speaks) Hate! Nothin’ but hate!


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