Life Science

85 pages, Drama in two acts
5 M, 2 W – 2009 (new draft, 2018)

Fearing that her mother’s public fight against teaching creation science will crush her high school popularity, Phoebe struggles for independence through romance. She triggers unforeseen violence and threats of death between jealous boyfriends, Paul and Victor. Faced with their stark costs of loss and survival, Phoebe faces the inadequacies of romance and complexities of life’s essential building block: love.

Characters

Janis Brighton 39, teacher swearing by science

Roy Sturdivant 36, preacher fighting for God

Phoebe Brighton 15, cheerleader grasping poetry as a love map

Paul Sturdivant 17, student pursuing achievement

Ben Brighton 39, weather reporter spotting the silver lining

Victor Akins 16, basketball player perfecting shots at life

Reverend Ezekiel Akins 45, man of prayer depending on science

Time

December, 1981

Place

Little Rock, Arkansas, including homes, the federal courthouse, a TV station, church and an emergency room. All seem spare against the changing sky.

“Knowledge about life is one thing; effective occupation of a place in life, with its dynamic currents passing through your being, is another.”

~William James, The Varieties of Religious Experience

 

 

 

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