The Maiden's Prayer: Intense Drama Explores a Troubled Marriage
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Take a trip back to Hollywood's Golden Age with six short plays that revel in all things noir -- and are all set right here in the City of Angels. Returning to the Actors Workout Studio for a third year, Play Noir teems with hard-boiled private detectives, double-crossing femme fatales, unscrupulous villains and plenty of intrigue. This year's thrilling show features Bedsheets by Anthony Donald Kochensparger, The Last Bullet by Charles Robertson, Kitty of Sawbuck City by Laura King, Dance with Danger by Travis Blue, Death Wears Fishnets by Brad Bolchunos and Infidelity Clause by Jim Shipley. Learn More
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We open at the wedding of Taylor and Cynthia, a golden couple beloved by everyone, almost. Libby, Cynthia’s hard-drinking sister, is in love with Taylor herself and she can take it no longer. “The hypocrisy, the bone-chilling grotesque hypocrisy!” Fleeing to the back yard she discovers Paul, Taylor’s best friend, a charming fellow, who, since childhood, has harbored a secret love for the groom himself.
As Libby and Paul are forced to deal with unrequited love, their lives change dramatically. Paul, promiscuous by nature, finds himself pursued by a young man, Andrew, who seems, at first, less interested in true love than in available real estate. And Libby, her career in a shambles, succumbs to a life without love, a life where sex is connected to monetary gain, rather than affection.
When Cynthia gives birth to a still-born child, her marriage dissolves and Taylor sinks into depression and alcoholism. Surprisingly, Libby, who has viewed her sister as the enemy all her life, finds the strength to sacrifice her own desires to help Cynthia through her grief. While Paul, seemingly kind, always appropriate, betrays his dearest friend and secret love. He gambles with Taylor’s life, hoping his friend will turn to him, at last, for comfort. _The Maiden’s Prayer _follows this quartet and Andrew as they struggle to learn the difference between loving someone and needing them.
Directed by Dan Fishbach