"At a time like this" : a play in three acts

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Helen Marie Parks (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/

Abstract: "At a Time Like This" is a snatch of a few hours from the life of the Rouse family, a well-established group in a small Midwestern farming community. The family is portrayed at a peculiar time, the hours before the head of the house is buried. A combination of the slice-of-life and the more conventional beginning- middle-and-end dramatic form was used in writing the play. The "thinking" characters—Buell, Mary Lou, and to some extent, llama—are handled under the latter form and the "non-thinking" characters—Alma, Zetta, and Wendell—are more sliced from life. The open rebellion of the son Buell and his sister Mary Lou destroy any idea of stereotyped behavior advocated by their mother and aunt Zetta. The children's actions reach a climax and resolution while their elders and Wendell remain somewhat static.

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Language: English
Date: 1957

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