Age range: Teen-adult
Running time: Approximately 1.5 minutes
Setting: A dining room/kitchen, 1940s
About the 10-minute play, Ruth and Harry & The Dinner Party:
While preparing for a dinner party, Ruth reveals a well-kept secret to her husband, which jeopardizes their future as a family.
About the monologue, Freshly Squeezed:
While Ruth prepares the dining table for a small dinner party, her husband, Harry, enjoys a glass of her fresh lemonade. He compliments her refreshment and she explains to him the burden of excelling at so much, yet managing to remain kind despite the jealousies of others.
It’s freshly squeezed. That’s the difference. That’s what you’re tasting. You can’t compare anything really to homemade lemonade from homegrown lemons. It takes an awful lot of care, Harry. They’re not natural to this region. I’ve really garnered a green thumb these past few years. Everyone on Halstead knows my garden is the most plentiful. Now, that’s not bragging, Harry. You’d know I’d never brag. I’m not crass like Betty with that perfumed hair at church and muttering those cuss words in the powder room. It’s just the truth and if I can’t speak the truth to my own husband, who can I?
Some of the girls are resentful though. It comes with the territory of being the best at anything, shame as it is. I’ve encountered—END OF EXCERPT
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