Drama. By William Groves.
Cast: 1m., 2w., extras.
Good Night¸ Sweet Mother deals with the controversial subject of euthanasia¸ or mercy killing. The subject is treated both fairly and with great dignity in this one-act play¸ which¸ according to the author¸ “creates far more questions among the audience than the script itself answers.”
Annabelle Litke is slowly dying of cancer. The pain is so severe that even her medication cannot help. She asks her son to help her take her life so she can have a “dignified death.” He sadly agrees. But Annabelle’s daughter is against her mother’s decision and tells her brother he will be a murderer if he helps her commit suicide. As the curtain closes¸ the sister embraces her brother¸ not because she has changed her mind but as a sign of close family love the three have shared. This gripping play gives intelligent and convincing arguments for both sides of this emotional problem. After its premier production¸ professionals led audience discussion on issues raised in the play. The three main viewpoints on the subject are represented by the mother¸ terminally ill with cancer who wants to die with dignity; her son¸ who loves her so dearly he complies although it tears his heart out; and her daughter¸ who cannot commit to an act she thinks is wrong.