By Sheila Callaghan
Complete size, comedian Drama / 3m, 4f / Unit Set it truly is June sixteen, 2004. Samantha Blossom, a chipper lady in her 40s, wakes up one June morning in her top East aspect condominium to discover her existence being narrated over the airwaves of public radio. She discovers within the mail an envelope addressed to her husband from his lover, which spins her uncooked and untethered into an odyssey during the city.... an afternoon choked with probability encounters, coincidences, a short love affair, and a fixation at the mysterious Jewel Jupiter. Jewel, the younger yet broken poet genius, ultimately takes a shine to Samantha and brings her on a middle of the night travel of the meat-packing district which alterations Samantha's existence forever-or does not. This ninety minute comedian drama is a modernized, gender-reversed, relocated, hyper-theatrical riff at the novel Ulysses, happening precisely a hundred years to the day after Joyce's jaunt via Dublin. "Wonderful... Sheila Callaghan's pleasingly witty and theatrical new drama that may be a love letter to long island masquerading as hate mail...[Callaghan] writes with a world-weary tone and has a poet's reward for inexpensive description. the full useless urban comes alive..." -New York instances. "DEAD urban, Sheila Callaghan's riff on James Joyce's ULYSSES is fashionable, lyrical, interesting, sometimes frustrating, and eminently worthwhile... the type of paintings that's completely invigorating." -Backstage.
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Who are you going to trap this year, dorks? A ranger? The boogieman? ” Tiffany’s troopmates laughed while the girls from Troop 13 glared. ” Tiffany asked. Becca shrugged. ” “Not even! We’ve got a great trap planned. ” “Yeah, right. ” CJ asked. “Counting on catching a lion. ” “We don’t listen to rumors,” Sierra answered coolly. “Well, you might want to hear this one. ” “Yeah, sure,” said Sierra. CJ and Jonnie shook their heads in disgust, blowing her off. But Becca said nothing. Mountain lion? She felt tiny beads of sweat break out on her forehead.
The girls screamed in unison. ” In their excitement, the scouts never noticed the shadows lurking—and listening—just outside Coral Cove. That is, until they heard giggling and the trampling of feet.
Becca snatched the object off her head and held it behind her back, ready to face Susan if she reappeared. ” Becca answered. ” Becca clutched the underpants tightly behind her back. “We already did,” she called back. Becca and CJ listened until the crunching of dried pine needles faded. They waited a full minute more before whispering to their tree-perched friends. “Who? ” CJ called softly. ” Becca whispered to CJ. ” Becca shook her head. ” There was no point in arguing with CJ. She used her own logic.