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Beloved Friend
Beloved Friend
By Nancy Pahl Gilsenan.

Cast: 13m., 9w. (integrated). At the beginning, Kristin, a high school student in Minneapolis, is encouraged to correspond with an African girl of her own age who lives in Rhodesia. Kristin's relatively affluent life in Minneapolis is in sharp contrast to that of her young African friend, Rachel, for whom life is a struggle against both poverty and indignity, as we see it almost simultaneously on the other half of the divided stage. As their lives become increasingly different, with Rachel involved in the struggle for equality in her country, the relationship between the two girls now growing into their maturity becomes closer and even more important. In odd, unexpected ways, they affect and help each other through the crisis of life. Kristin helps Rachel secure a little higher education that is of tremendous later importance. Rhodesia becomes an independent land and Rachel the Minister of Education. As she comes to Washington, D.C., on her country's business, Rachel is struck by the fact that she hasn't heard from Kristin. On impulse, she takes a plane to Minneapolis, where she's directed to a hospital. Kristin, now a victim of multiple sclerosis, is in a partial coma. Softly Rachel's voice pulls Kristin back into consciousness and, in what is one of the most moving scenes in modern theatre, the two lifelong pen pals have their moment of at last recognizing and then touching what is for each of them—their beloved friend. Multiple simple sets. Approximate Running Time: 80 minutes.

Play details
Status:  In Stock
Type of show:  Full-Length
Catalog Code:  B52
Cast Size:  22
No. of Act(s):  2
Pages:  54
Royalty:  $75.00 /perf.*
Cost:  $8.95
Approx. Running Time:  80 min.
Categories
Target Audience: Middle School | High School | College and Adult | Family (All Audiences)
Performing Group: High Schools | College Theatre | Community Theatre
Genre: Drama
ISBN (10): 0871299402
Biographies
Nancy Gilsenan Hersage is a Los Angeles writer who has written for all three networks (ABC, NBC and CBS) and public television. She is the author of 18 published stage plays and the winner of five national awards in playwriting, including two awards from the Eugene O'Neill Theater National Playwrights Conference. Her plays have been produced on three continents, and ...More
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* Please note that royalties quoted in our catalog are intended for K-12 schools with a standard curriculum only. All other producing groups must submit a completed application.


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