FALLEN TO THE COMMUNISTS
by Arthur M. Jolly
1 (M), 1 (F)
Running time: 10 mins.
Nick Desimone as Harvey, photo by Ken Coughlin
Fallen to the Communists is a comedy about a widower who talks to his dead wife while trying to cope with his 12 year old daughter growing up and having her first period. I'm pleased with the structure of it - three scenes with nice reversals, all in a ten minute play. The title comes from an English term, roughly equivalent to saying a girl has her Aunt Flo come to visit, or she's fallen off her monthly bicycle or the sharks are circling.
Fallen to the Communists premiered in June 2011 at the TestoGenius Festival in New York, at the Manhattan Theatre Source, and was later produced in Oregon at the Randall Theatre, and in Chicago at Studio BE.