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After Life

After Life

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Published by Andy Brown
What happens when the life you've always known comes to an abrupt end? That question is explored when the central character, Vee, suffers a personal tragedy. Forming a tenuous friendship with a acerbic contractor, Vee discovers there is life after loss.
What happens when the life you've always known comes to an abrupt end? That question is explored when the central character, Vee, suffers a personal tragedy. Forming a tenuous friendship with a acerbic contractor, Vee discovers there is life after loss.

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Published by: Andy Brown on Nov 03, 2010
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After Life__________________________A playintwo actsBy: AndyBrown209 N. Carroll St.McKenzie,TN38201Irae1984@gmail.com407-497-7587© 2010
 
Castof CharactersBernie Clements(BERNIE)-a 65 year-old retiringpharmaceutical salesrep.Vera Clements(VEE)-a60 year-old homemaker, civicallyinvolved. Bernie's wife.Danielle Reese (DANNI)-a54 year-old interior designer, wildlyeccentric.Vee'ssister.Ben Koehler(BEN)-a35 year-old carpenter/painter/contractor.Lisa Koehler(LISA)-a33 year-old teacher. Ben's wife.SETTING:The action takesplace inthe home office/convertedsolarium of Bernie and VeraClements. Thehome office of Bernie Clementsiscomfortablydecorated and furnished. Thereisa door into theroomat UL. Alongthe backwall isa bookshelffilledwithmedical books,pharmaceutical reference guides,and other professional reading materials. Also alongthe back wall isa fichusplant and framedawardsfor bestregional salesrep spanninga number of years.Atanangle alongthe backand right wall isa fully-stocked bar of solidcherry. Afile cabinetisanchored at the DR wall.Bernie'sdeskissituatedinthe DL playing area.A sofaand coffeetable are inthe SR playing area with atastefularea rugatC over aslightlyfaded butwell-maintainedhardwood floor.TIME: April through July of thepresent.ACT ONEScene One: Afternoon in earlyApril.Scene Two: Afew days later.Scene Three: Afew days later.Scene Four:A weeklater.Scene Five: Aweeklater.Scene Six: FirstweekinMay.ACT TWOScene One: Amonth later-earlyJune.Scene Two: Afew days later.Scene Three: Aweeklater.Scene Four:Two weeks later-earlyJuly.Scene Five: Aweeklater.
 
ACT I, SCENE 1Atrise, BERNIECLEMENTSisseatedathisdeskgoing through drawers, removingfilesandplacing them ina storageboxon topof his desk.BERNIE, 65, is dressed casuallyinworn khakisand aloose-fittingT-shirt.BERNIEisindecentphysical shape, havingtraveledinpharmaceutical salesfor thirty-fiveyears,butnotwithouta slightpaunch. VERA “VEE”CLEMENTSisemptying filesfromthe filecabinetatSRintoboxes. VEE,60, is extremelypolished and is fashionably dressed in Capri’s,ashort-sleeve blouse,flats and has herhairpulledbackina ponytail.VEE isa natural beauty, notoverly made up.She findssomethinginthebackof acabinetasshe isemptying itscontentsintoa box.VEEOh, Bernie!Look what Ifound.BERNIEYes, my love?VEELook! It’s apictureof thepharmaceutical conference you attended in Tokyo. Withoutme.BERNIEIf I had known then that Iwould bepayingfor it thirty-fiveyears later, I would’vetakenyou, Vera,believe me.VEEHmm.You’resohandsome inthispicture. You’d just startedworkingfor thecompany.I don’tknowhowwemanagedtoafford theplane tickettoJapan. Cheapbastards.BERNIEI wasnew and everyonehad to paytheirown wayover. Nowbacktowork. Lessnostalgia.Morepacking.

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