Finalist for the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, PlayLabs, and the New Harmony Project; reading (with Marylouise Burke as Jane) in association with Penquin Rep (NYC).
For thirty-eight years Jane Murray, 69, has lived an independent, if somewhat eccentric life alone in a rent-controlled apartment on Jane Street in Greenwich Village. Now her building, a once grand, but now crumbling townhouse, has been sold to a man who’s begun a major renovation and who has managed, through pressure tactics and buyouts, to get his tenants to vacate. All except Jane, that is, who has no intention of leaving and has declared her own personal war against him, although this is taking a heavy toll on her physical and emotional health. Financially strapped and unemployed, she’s recently suffered a mild stroke and, as the renovation moves into high gear, has begun obsessing over her situation. Enter Jean, Jane’s younger sister by two years, making her weekly visit. Living an upscale life in the suburbs with her husband of thirty-six years, Jean is alarmed at the increasing deterioration of Jane’s mental state and realizes this may be her last chance to rescue her. Faced with Jane’s life-long ability to manipulate her, Jean struggles valiantly to convince Jane that it’s time to give up the fight. In the process a long-hidden and painful family secret surfaces and the sisters discover just how deep their love runs for each other, a love that ultimately releases Jane from her self-imposed entrapment. Throughout the play, which is basically comic in tone, both characters confide in the audience, sharing their fears and frustrations and giving their own spins on what’s transpiring. Two older women. Unit set consisting of Jane’s apartment, the hallway outside the apartment, the front entrance and steps, and the sidewalk in front of the building.