- Semi-staged reading with Julia Reddy, Highlands Inn, Bethlehem, NH.
It’s a sunny Easter morning in Morningside Park, New York, 1960. Del and Flora, a working-class butch-fem couple, are on their way home from a service at St. John the Divine. They are laughing, singing, and enjoying their love when Del begins to pressure Flora into telling her “coming out” story. Flora becomes distressed and evasive.
Later, they are on the doorstep of a brownstone in Greenwich Village. Del wants Flora to meet a mysterious someone. It turns out that this someone is Marty Mann, the founder and spokeswoman for the National Council on Alcoholism. Del knows her from AA meetings. Del is trying to buy a summer cottage in Cherry Grove, the lesbian summer colony outside of the city, but the owner is refusing to sell to her because of class prejudice. Del is hoping that Marty Mann will put in a good word for her. Flora, badly burned by her experiences with the upper class, becomes very upset when she discovers Del’s mission, but Del make a case for staying and rings Marty’s doorbell.
When Marty appears half-dressed and clearly hungover, Flora exits. Del invites herself in, and the scene shifts to the dark interior of the apartment. Marty is in the middle of a two-week binge, and, in spite of Del’s prompting, she refuses to contact her sponsor or reach out for help. Marty’s position is that she is too important to the recovery movement to have it known that she has relapsed.
When Del brings up the reason for her visit, Marty gives her a lecture justifying class segregation and housing discrimination in Cherry Grove. Del becomes aggressive, threatening to contact Marty’s sponsor. There is a physical confrontation over the phone, and Marty falls, injuring a bad hip. Marty becomes hysterical and Del becomes frantic. She calls her own sponsor, and in the course of their conversation, realizes that she has been acting like a dry drunk, riding roughshod over her girlfriend's feelings and Marty's impaired state. She agrees to meet her sponsor at a meeting and hangs up.
Marty attempts to delay Del's departure with the story of what inspired her to found the National Council. After Del leaves, Marty rises slowly and opens a curtain to allow some light from the window into the darkened room. She makes a call to friend, asking her if she can come stay at her farm for a couple of weeks while she recovers from “the flu.”
3 women, 30's-55