Douglas Gower

Published by Dramatists Play Service

2 Male 0 Female

The entire action of the play takes place in a modest living room on Christmas Eve. George, who has served as husband and father to a woman and her two small children for the past year, awaits the arrival of Carl

Carl is the real husband and father. He is also a member of a religious sect called The World Family Church. When Carl arrives, George is torn between ridiculing him as a harmless crackpot, and fearing him as a very real threat to his role as father

Carl, on the other hand, is concerned with the spiritual welfare of his children. The resulting confrontation is at times funny, at times heartbreaking; and ultimately, the plight of George, a man desperate for love and normality in a broken world, is deeply affecting

A play that addresses the changing nature of the family in our society

First presented at the famed Actors Theatre of Louisville and then produced Off-Off-Broadway in New York City

A vividly drawn encounter between a step-father and a natural father who both assert their legitimate claims to the love and loyalty of two small children

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