Helen has been living on the farm since her marriage to George 54 years ago. George has recently passed away and Helen's mind isn't as sharp as it was. Her son Mike visits her everyday much to the objection of his overbearing wife Margaret. Noticing that his mother is showing signs of dementia he calls his sister who arrives out of the blue to "sort it all out." As the family struggles with the decision of where to put Helen it becomes very clear that she has no intention of going anywhere. After finally managing to remove her from the farm she returns to the there one night. It appears Helen has some unfinished business to deal with and the only place she finds comfortable to deal with it is the only home she has known all her married life. CAST 3 WOMEN 2 MEN Time: 2005 where: Ontario
LIGHTS UP. ACT 1 Scene 1 A quaint little farmhouse that has seen better days. There is a Living room with an old woodstove and a set of stairs next to it going up. A radio can be heard in the background. There is also a closet and a door into the kitchen. An elderly lady (Helen) walks through the door, She is carrying a tray with cookies and coffee on it. She places it down and opens the front door. HELEN (Calling) George! George! Oh there you are, coffeeís ready, Love. ENTER GEORGE. He enters carrying a large pile of wood. He is a young man in the prime of his life around late twenties. He wears 6oís jeans and t-shirt and his hair is 60ís style. HELEN Oh, careful of my figurines. GEORGE If youíll move out of the way I can. . . .woman, youíre not being a help here. HELEN Be careful around my horses. He turns around and knockís a horse figurine over. HELEN Oh George, youíve knocked over the Gelding. She goes over and picks it up and sees that the leg has come off. HELEN (CONTíD) Itís broken itís leg. GEORGE Helen, Iíve told you before about having them so close to the door. HELEN Poor Gelding, that was my first one. GEORGE If youíd have stayed out of the way. Iíll fix it, no one will know itís broken after Iíve finished with it. HELEN Iíll know! He puts the wood down in a large box next to the fireplace GEORGE There, that should do us for a few days. Iíll chop some more tomorrow. HELEN You broke off the leg, I wish youíd show a little more concern. GEORGE Itís a stupid, cheep, ornament, I said I was sorry what more do you want, blood? HELEN No you didnít and itís not stupid. You know Iíve been collecting these since I was a girl. Apology accepted. Now sit yourself down and put your feet up, you havenít stopped all day. Helen starts to make the tea for them both. GEORGE Thereís not much time to sit around when thereís a farm to run. But I will take a few minutes to rest my shoulder. (rubbing his shoulder) HELEN Is it playing up again, love? Sit yourself down and Iíll rub some cream into it. GEORGE Ah, Iím fine, Iíll just rest it for a while and donít forget the sugar. HELEN I havenít forgotten the sugar, though Iíd like to. Too much sugarís bad for you, rots your teeth. Hands him his coffee. GEORGE Stop fussing woman I got perfect teeth, a darn site better than yours. HELEN I got perfect teeth too, theyíre just not mine. GEORGE (Leaning forward he listens to the radio) Hey, listen. . . (he gets up and turns the radio up) theyíre playing our song. On the radio AUTUMN LEAVES is playing.. HELEN (Singing along with the music) The autumn leaves of red and gold. . . GEORGE (CONTD) Come on, dance with me. HELEN What! No, Iím not. . . George pulls her off her chair and they start to dance. HELEN (CONTíD) Oh George, Iím too old. GEORGE (Singing along too) The sun burnt hands I used to hold. HELEN (Singing) Since you went away the days grow long. BOTH (Singing) And soon Iíll hear old winters song. Helen starts to really enjoy herself. GEORGE Helen, you still got it. HELEN (Singing) When autumn leaves start to fall. They continue to dance to the instrumental. They are interrupted by the sound of a car horn. They stop and Helen looks out. HELEN Itís our Michael. GEORGE (Turning down the music) Thatís enough to spoil the moment. HELEN Oh George, be nice. GEORGE Iíve got stuff to do out back. HELEN Please George, at least stay and say hello. GEORGE No, weíll only end up getting into it Helen, and today Iím not in the mood to be confrontational. George exits through the kitchen as Michael enters through the front door. MICHAEL Hi mom, I got your prescriptions but they were out of your silver polish so I got you this instead. HELEN (Taking it from him) This is no good, love, I canít use that on my silver frame. MICHAEL Silver polish is silver polish, besides, this was half the price of the other stuff. HELEN Because it does half the job. You mark my word, Iíll be redoing the silver a week from today. MICHAEL Alright, Iíll take it back. HELEN All that rubbing and polishing, my wrists will be sore for weeks MICHAEL Iíll take it back mom. HELEN Besides that, the smell is awful, they put ammonia in it. MICHAEL (Picking it up and putting it in his pocket) Look, itís going back. HELEN Like kitty litter. MICHAEL Kitty litter? You want kitty litter. HELEN No, thatís what the ammonia smell reminds me of, when I used to change the kitty litter. MICHAEL You havenít had a cat in twenty years! HELEN But I remember the smell of the kitty litter. . . . He was a large ginger tom, one of the barn cats, what was his name? MICHAEL I donít remember. How is everything else mom? Are you well? HELEN Iím very well, thank you love, howís work? MIKE Itís going okay. Iím still running the stall at the market on the weekend and doing the accounting through the week, trying to save for that new house is killing me. MARG Youíre still going ahead with buying that cottage then? MIKE Margaret has her heart set on it. Weíre having a conservatory built on the back overlooking the water. HELEN And youíre going to live there? MIKE Yep. HELEN Why you want to live at a cottage is beyond me. A cottage is used to spend the summer in not live there all year. The wind coming off that lake will be terrible in the winter. MIKE Itíll be fine. HELEN Howís David and Lucy? MICHAEL You know kids, too busy to spend much time with their parents. Lucyís hopefully getting her driving license this week and Davidís still planning the wedding of the century. HELEN Is he getting married then? MICHAEL Mom, you know heís getting married, in July. HELEN Do I? I forget. Did I get an invite? MIKE Of course. HELEN Whoís he marrying? MICHAEL Malikah. You remember meeting her at the party last year. HELEN Malikah, Malikah, Oh yes, sheís that Lesbian isnít she? MICHAEL Lebanese mom. Her families from Lebanon. HELEN Thatís a long way to come for a wedding. They must be foreign. Still, itís his life. Heís not planning on moving there is he? MICHAEL (Exasperated) No, heís not moving there. (He sits) Look, Iím not going to beat around the bush with you mom, Margaret and me, weíre worried about you. HELEN Margaretís worried about me? MICHAEL Of course she is, we both are. HELEN Whatís she so worried about? Does she think Iím going to change my will? MICHAEL Of course. . . HELEN Does she think Iím going to leave everything to the cat? Well tell her thereís not much chance of that, I canít even remember his name. My estate will be divided equally between you and Karen. MICHAEL Mom. HELEN Oh Michael, you and that wife of yours can cease worrying about me because Iím fine. You have your own problems with your family and your work and Lesbian weddingís you donít need to go concerning yourself about me. MICHAEL I know, but itís only been six months since. . . dad died and I canít help worrying about you being here in this drafty old farmhouse on your own. HELEN Oh now youíre speaking nonsense! I wish you wouldnít talk like that. Weíve been through this a million times, Iím not selling the farm and Iím not alone. MICHAEL I know, Mrs. Jarvis comes over to see you and then thereís that weird chap next door. . . HELEN Michael, Listen, if it all gets too much for me to handle I will call you and let you know. MIKE Alright mom, itís a deal. (He kisses her) Iíd better be off, Iíve got a million things to do before the weekend. HELEN Have you called your sister? MIKE Karen, no, why would I call her? HELEN She IS your sister, love. MIKE And she could call me, but she wont! Sheís too busy living the life of Edmontonís newest socialite. Besides, if I need someone to remind me of what a loser I am I have a wife that does that. Iíll call in to see you on Sunday. HELEN Alright, see you Sunday. Oh, Sunny! MICHAEL Sunny? HELEN The catís name, it was Sunny. MICHAEL Bye mom. Michael exits. Helen goes over to the kitchen door and calls George. HELEN George!. . Okay Mr. Itís safe to come out, the troops are retreating. George enters with a newspaper. He sits down and opens it up as Helen unpacks the bag that Michael brought in. HELEN Did you hear any of that? GEORGE Mm, mm. HELEN You know our son thinks youíre dead donít you? GEORGE Mm, mm. BLACKOUT.