A Pretense of Need by Don Macrae


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A Pretense of Need by Don Macrae

The play explores the strained and bizarre relationship between David and Louise. By all appearances, David has been institutionalized for the manslaughter of his wife, Peg. The crime is supposed to have been committed after Peg found Louise, the wife of David’s brother, in bed with her husband. The play begins with a visit by Louise to David some eight years after his confinement. By this time, David’s wrongful confinement - he still maintains his innocence - has had a hideous effect on his state of mind and on his relationship with Louise. Also putting pressure on both of them, is the fact that she, at David’s insistence, stayed with his brother. She must continue to live with him so that no one will ever know about the illicit relationship. This could place her at the scene of the crime, cause her own possible confinement, and end their relationship.

Keywords: mature, drama, relationship, manslaughter, innocence, guilt, confinement, prison, visitations

Genre: Drama
Acts: 1
Run time: 45 minutes
Content note: For mature audiences.

Cast size: 2 actors
Male roles: 1
Female roles: 1