Marks of Birth
by Marilyn Anne Campbell
Stage play: Dramedy, one-act, 2W
With less than an hour until a gaggle of teenagers arrive for a backyard barbecue, mother Lorraine and daughter Sasha have very different ideas about what makes for a great eighteenth birthday party. Sasha’s almost willing to compromise, until Lorraine reveals her plan to dig up the past....
Read an excerpt from Marks of Birth (PDF)
Full script available to NPX subscribers
First performed in Hamilton, Ontario in March 2015
Available for future productions
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A Little History
Marks of Birth was completed for Pat the Dog Playwright Centre's 6th Annual 24-Hour Playwriting Contest in 2014, which gave participants three prompt words to write from - tattoo, butter, and dig. Just like my other PTD 24-Hour Contest Script Flood Control, this script did not place in the contest, but was produced shortly after.
Read my blog post from just after I participated in the 2014 contest, The True Payoff of 24-Hour Playwriting Contests
Marks of Birth was first performed in March 2015 as part of The Players' Guild of Hamilton's First Stage Series, a juried festival of new works held at the Players' Guild Theatre in Hamilton, Ontario. (Performance dates: March 5, 6, 7)
Directed by Byron McKim
Festival Artistic Producer: Stephen Near
Martha Christianson as Lorraine
Annalee Fleet as Sasha