The Land of Hope & Dreams – A One-Act Play

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Good Morning:

And now for something completely different.

I’ve had a pretty good July in terms of creative projects: three acting jobs, one web series and two stage readings; plus The Land of Hope & Dreams, a 30-35 minute one-act play, was selected for a stage reading in October at the Playwrights Center of San Francisco. The play is a bit of a surprise. I wrote an early draft in 2006, but didn’t realize it wasn’t that bad and neglected it until a few months ago in favor of other work. As it happens, there is something to the play after all. The play is about an Irish immigrant in 1850 during the great Irish Diaspora and her first day in New York City. Even though the plot consists of her attempts to get her mother properly buried (she had died en route), the play becomes very funny in places, especially after she meets another immigrant, a Cockney English scavenger who is the only person who will help her.

I’ve attached Scene 1 (my first non-photo attachment!). Enjoy.

Vonn Scott Bair

LOHAD 2.8.1 Scene 1

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