Past Curfew

2 F, 1 M
Full length

CHARACTERS

Sarah - 34, mother to Kirstie. Wounded - and vicious.

Kirstie - 17, Naive and innocent at first glance, but she has grown up playing the same head games as her mother.

Michael - 17, In turmoil about his own parents' relationship, Michael becomes the pawn in Kirstie and Sarah's game.

SETTING

Sarah's run down trailer home.
A scenic overlook.

SYNOPSIS

Kirstie tries to sneak in after a disastrous first date with Michael - and is caught by her mother, who has been waiting up with a bottle for company.
Years of bitter conflicts gradually erupt as Sarah and Kirstie finally confront the unspoken issues between them.
Michael's arrival after Kirstie has fled in tears only makes things worse; but eventually, as the layers of lies and truths wielded as weapons are stripped away, the core of their relationship is exposed - and can be rebuilt.

About Past Curfew

A full length drama in two acts for 2f, 1m

Past Curfew at Pacific Resident Theatre, 2010
Dalia Vosylius and Marley McClean in the April 2010 premiere, directed by Danielle Ozymandias. The role of Michael was played by Michael Hanson and Kevin Railsback. Photo by Alex Moy.

Past Curfew won the AOPW Fellowship Award in 2009, and premiered at the Pacific Resident Theatre in Los Angeles the following year.

In the play, a seventeen year old teenager Kirstie gets caught sneaking home after curfew. Her mother, Sarah, has been waiting up with a bottle for company. Sarah's thirty-four, which, if you'll do the math, explains why she's so distraught about Kirstie being out with a boy... Michael. Kirstie's first crush.
Years of bitter conflicts gradually erupt as Sarah and Kirstie finally confront the unspoken issues between them, including Sarah's conviction that becoming a mother at 17 ruined her life.
Michael's arrival after Kirstie has fled in tears only makes things worse; but eventually, as the layers of lies and truths wielded as weapons are stripped away, the core of their relationship is exposed - and can be rebuilt.

Why this play?

I wrote this play after my time in Alabama, and it was inspired by a couple of people I met there who were struggling - sometimes successfully, sometimes less so - with their inner demons, and troubled childhoods. The ways in which Sarah and Kirstie clash, and their horrific relationship, belongs to them alone... but the longing for a connection that drives them is universal.

Sample Dialogue...


Past Curfew

It's a challenging play to perform - a real powerhouse of emotions, and it contains adult language and themes. You can get a feel for it by reading some monologues from the play.

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Purchase this play from Next Stage Press, and if you'd like to get a feel for it - try reading the monologue available here.