LOVING MATHEW by Wendy Bryan Michaels

£6.00

When a brilliant young man struggles with addiction and mental illness, his vulnerable sister fights to keep him from harm over seemingly insurmountable odds.

MATHEW has been an alcoholic his entire life when one night he gets so drunk he staggers onto the freeway and gets hit by a car and barely survives. His sister Kathy has just left a very manipulative and controlling relationship so caring for Mathew is the ideal antidote. Within a short period of time, Kathy notices Mathew’s behavior is far beyond addiction and suspects Mathew is struggling with mental illness. The problem is that her ex-partner still controls her purse strings and has the influence to fix Mathew’s problem but with huge strings attached. Mom seems to be in denial about Kathy’s observations and is more concerned with Kathy’s caretaking qualifications and the permanent damage that Mathew could occur living with Kathy.

Will this recent accident be enough of a hitting bottom that Mathew needs to listen and does Kathy, recently separated, have the strength to care for him without the controlling emotional and financial support of her ex-girlfriend and what gifts will Mathew end up giving Kathy?

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CHARACTERS

KATHY RYAN woman 40’s. Witty and emotional.

MATHEW RYAN is Kathy’s brother. Male, 30’s-40’s. Mentally ill but at times incredibly lucid. He is very smart in math. Quite lovable.

MOM is Kathy’s Mom. Woman 60’s. (Sally Ryan)

BEHIND SCRIM CHARACTERS: Male. Any age.

 

 

PRODUCTION HISTORY

INTERNAL READING (2) 2018

PUBLIC READING – City Garage Theatre 2019

READING – Theatre 40 2020

 

RUNNING TIME

Approximately 75 minutes

 

PREVIEW

Preview available here

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Cast Size

FEMALE CAST

FURTHER CASTING OPTIONS

MALE - CAST

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