Drama. By Bruce Jacoby.
Cast: 6m., 10w., extras optional. Susan Connors, age 17, lies in a coma in the intensive care unit of a hospital. She has tried to kill herself by taking an overdose of sleeping pills. "Whether she lives or dies now," a doctor explains to Susan's mother, "is largely a matter of her own will. We've done everything we could." This unusual, original drama reveals what is going through the dying girl's mind as she lies in her bed. It is a play about depression and suicide but also about how easily people can misunderstand each other with tragic results. It is a play about communication, about feelings, about sympathy and, most importantly, about self-knowledge. Area staging. Approximate running time: 1 hour, 40 minutes.