Drama/ 5 Characters, 4 Women, 1 Man/ Short play, 15 minutes
In a mid-sized southern city, members of the War Widows League have gathered in the basement of a Methodist Church. The War Widows are a group of women who have lost their husbands in various conflicts, and their guest speaker is a spokesman for an organization promoting United States military interests.
Miss Lee, the group’s founder, who is quite elderly and senile, wanders into the meeting in search of her son whom she thinks is expected back in town. In reality, like her husband, killed in World War II, her son is dead, killed in The Korean War. The ensuing chaos brings the meeting to an unexpected halt.
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411 Walnut Street #7829
Green Cove Springs, Florida
About the Playwright: David Lohrey completed his undergraduate degree at UC, Berkeley. Later, he studied creative writing at San Francisco State University, UCLA, and California State University, Los Angeles where he completed his MA. David now teaches at the college level in New Jersey, and is Literary Manager at Theatre-Studio, Inc. in New York City.David’s plays have received productions and staged readings across the country, including Group Rep and FirstStage in Los Angeles, The Long Beach Playhouse, the Dayton Playhouse, the Turnip Company, ArtGroup, and TRU’s 2nd Annual NYC Play Festival.
His work has received awards in competitions such as New Century Writers’ Competition, Riverside Stage Company’s Founder’s Award Competition, Harvest Festival of New Plays at the Sonoma County Rep, the 1998Writers’ Digest Writing Competition, the 1999 Writer’s Digest Writing Competition, and the Generic Theater Company’s Dog Days Festival. For three years, David has been a voting member for TheatreLA’s annual Ovation Awards. He has been a member of the Dramatists Guild since 1982, and recently joined the Play Selection Committee at the Long Beach Playhouse.
Peace of Mind was first produced by Theatre Studio, Inc., New York City in 2000.