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Someone Who'll Watch Over Me

Full-Length Play, Drama  /  3m

Frank McGuinness

Someone Who'll Watch Over Me
by Frank McGuinness

"Brings its own light touch to grim matters." - The New York Times


  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    3m
  • SubGenre
    Subgenre
    Docudrama/Historic
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Summary
An American doctor and an Irish journalist are being held captive by terrorists in Beirut. They exercise and they argue, supportive in their mutual determination to survive. They are joined by an English academic. The three display their national biases and prejudices, which are intensified in the cramped confines of their cell. As time passes, resentments and recriminations give way to an acknowledgment of their characters, strengths and weaknesses. They learn that humor is their surest weapon against their captors and the safest armor to protect themselves. They shoot imaginary films, they throw a big party for each other, they play a fantastical game of tennis, they laugh at and with each other, and they learn to lament what was lost in their lives before captivity. Each comes to know himself through listening to the stories, sorrows and joys of the others. At the end of the play, they are capable of standing together and alone.
Cast Attributes
  • All Male
M3 (young, elderly)
  • Time Period 1990s
  • Setting A bare cell
  • Features Period Costumes

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Frank McGuinness

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