In this dark comedy set in a small New England town at Halloween, 18-year-old Perdue finds a job in a place most people wouldn’t even consider: the local graveyard. Bid, the taciturn former Marine who runs the cemetery, hires Perdue because she’s moved by her plight. Perdue has come to town to live with her aunt while searching for her missing mother. Robbie, Bid’s assistant, a fatherless boy whose knowledge of manhood has been gleaned from the pages of Maxim, launches a doomed campaign to seduce Perdue, culminating in a midnight picnic in the cemetery. But Perdue isn’t interested or entirely truthful, as Bid soon discovers when Perdue’s story begins to fall apart. Perdue is living in the homeless shelter; her mother died shortly before she arrived and is buried in the cemetery. Bid, seeing her own lost child in Perdue, offers her a place to stay. Perdue refuses, misinterpreting the offer as romantic rather than compassionate, but is too lonely to entirely keep her distance from the others. Perdue confides in Robbie that she has come, not to reconcile with her mother, but merely to see her face, which she doesn’t remember. Perdue hopes that her mother has left a photo of herself that will prove that she is the blond-haired woman in Perdue’s oldest memory, a woman whom Perdue knows in her heart loved her once. But there are no photos, and Perdue must decide how far she’ll go to learn the truth about her mother. Bid must decide how much she’ll risk to stop her. By play’s end, the characters’ search for what they’ve lost—a mother, a father, a child—ends when they find one another instead.
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- Type of Show Full-length Play
- Product Code DG9000
- Cast Size 3
- Min. Royalty Rate $90/perf
- Cost $10.95
- Approx. Run Time 90 min
- Target Audience High School | College and Adult
- Performing Group High School | College Theatre | Community Theatre | Professional Theatre | Touring Group
- Genre Comedy | Drama
- ISBN(13) 9781619591882
“A show that is as hysterically funny as it is weightily dramatic as it is spookily supernatural.” —Rogue Critic
“Riotously comic and aggressively eerie.” —Rogue Critic
“A little creepy overload, a helping of belly laughs, and a touching exploration of our transgressions and weaknesses that never stay buried.” —Rogue Critic
“Funny, sad and heartwarming, often at the same time.” —Detroit Free Press
“A thoughtful and charming work. … An ironic tale about life lessons that happen in the final resting place of the dead.” —Detroit Free Press
“Heartwarming and often very funny. … Cleverly written. … This is a great evening (or afternoon) of theatre.” —New Monitor
“A story that has a dramatic conclusion, but with plenty of humor along the way.” —New Monitor