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Saying Goodbye

A person lives and then dies, but our memories of a life swim in and out of time and space. In this one-act play I present a family as they prepare for a memorial service. The characters are a matriarch, two adult children, a grandchild and significant other, the deceased, and a delivery person. The visuals are a simple assemblage of tables, chairs and props, and a large video screen upstage. The exploration of characters draws from Ben Highmore's theory of looking at the un-glorious everydayness of a life; we watch as the family members focus on creating the formalities of the memorial to satisfy their own needs. The play ends with a lament that draws from the style of Ben Marcus; the matriarch providing the only emotional memory of the deceased, her utterances stripping away signifiers in language, focusing on her feelings and sensations. The result: a bricolage of what remains of a life: a few objects and conflicting memories.

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