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Bountiful Gifts

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It’s the 1990’s and Rosemary is hosting her dysfunctional family for Thanksgiving as usual. But this year the stakes are especially high because her husband Ed was just offered a big transfer/promotion out to California. But Rosemary, who has devoted her life to this contentious group, does not want to move and leave her family behind. In order to change Ed’s mind, Rosemary is determined to make this the most peaceful, joyous, family affirming Thanksgiving of her career. The only real obstacle is her family: a sister-in-law with a brain tumor; a self-obsessed teenage son who does hair and make-up; a daughter-in-law and son who want to move back in; a caustic sister who loves to be a pot boiler; an aunt in her eighties who insists on being treated like a princess; and a neurotic hippy niece who can’t be in the same room as her mother. Join this cast of characters as they put Rosemary through the ringer while she tries to create a day of family bliss.

 

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SKU: flp118 Categories: , , , , ,
Product ID: 6454

Additional information

Author

Genre

Comedy

Script Style

Full Length Play

Duration (mins)

100

Male Cast

3

Female Cast

6

Total Cast

9

Synopsis

It’s the 1990’s and Rosemary is hosting her dysfunctional family for Thanksgiving as usual. But this year the stakes are especially high because her husband Ed was just offered a big transfer/promotion out to California. But Rosemary, who has devoted her life to this contentious group, does not want to move and leave her family behind. In order to change Ed’s mind, Rosemary is determined to make this the most peaceful, joyous, family affirming Thanksgiving of her career. The only real obstacle is her family: a sister-in-law with a brain tumor; a self-obsessed teenage son who does hair and make-up; a daughter-in-law and son who want to move back in; a caustic sister who loves to be a pot boiler; an aunt in her eighties who insists on being treated like a princess; and a neurotic hippy niece who can’t be in the same room as her mother. Join this cast of characters as they put Rosemary through the ringer while she tries to create a day of family bliss.

Cast

Dennis Sullivan:         The thirty-seven-year old narrator. This actor also plays the artsy seventeen-year old high school senior, the younger of the two Sullivan boys.

Kay Sullivan:              In her late forties and in a wheel chair. She has two brain tumors and she lives with her brother Ed and sister-in-law Rosemary. Because of her brain tumors she has pauses in her speech.

Rosemary Sullivan:   A housewife in her mid-fifties; married to Ed, Dennis and Marty’s mother, Carmel’s sister, Winifred’s niece and Maude’s Aunt.

Ed Sullivan:                Engineer in his mid-fifties; married to Rosemary, Dennis and Marty’s father, Kay’s brother etc…

Carmel O’Casey:       Single mother of Maude, in her mid-fifties, Rosemary’s sister, Winifred’s niece, city employee

Winifred Lathrop:       A very stylish seventy-something. Rosemary and Carmel’s Aunt, the sister of their mother Mary.

Pacita Sullivan:          Twenty-something year old married to Marty Sullivan, Ed and Rosemary’s older son (who is not seen). Ed and Rosemary’s daughter-in-law, Dennis’ sister-in-law.

Maude O’Casey:        Carmel’s twenty-something daughter. Rosemary’s niece, Dennis’ cousin. A social worker committed to social justice.

Bob Pochatello:         Maude’s twenty-something year old boyfriend. He is half Native American. He is a trumpet player and works at a novelty shop.

 

Sample

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