Ana’s Shadow

Written by:

Tara Goldstein

Cast Size:
6

Roles For:

  • Women: 6

Genre:

Drama

Themes:

Adoption
Cancer
Family

Length:

70 min.

Year Written:

2012

Synopsis:

Ana’s Shadow, the sequel to Harriet’s House, continues the story of Harriet and her three daughters: Luisa and Ana, and Clare. Luisa is back in Toronto and planning to study medicine. Ana is an emerging singer-songwriter. Clare is in high school and excited about her upcoming trip to Colombia with Luisa to start building the health clinic the family has raised money for. However, the breast cancer that Harriet was diagnosed with three years ago is back, and Ana’s reaction is pure panic.

To her family’s dismay, she drops out of university to take care of Harriet. Ana’s world becomes smaller and increasingly wrapped up with Harriet’s care until an opportunity to compete in Canadian Idol falls her way. When Ana is cut from the competition, Luisa starts pressuring her to go to Colombia for the summer to reconnect with their birth family. However, Ana refuses to go anywhere until Harriet is finished chemotherapy and is angry that Luisa is leaving when she is needed at home. She asks Luisa and Clare to postpone the trip. While Clare reluctantly agrees to stay home, Luisa refuses, and the two sisters stop talking. When the chemotherapy stops working, however, Harriet needs to find a way to help Luisa and Ana reconcile. Quickly.

Characters:

HARRIET: Mother of three daughters, the first two adopted from Colombia. Jewish. Age 49. Undergoing treatment for breast cancer.

LUISA: Harriet’s eldest daughter, adopted from Colombia at the age of 10.  Age 22. Preparing to study medicine at university, raising money to build a medical clinic in Bogotá.

ANA: Harriet’s middle daughter, adopted from Colombia at the age of 7.  Age 19. Dropped out of her first year of university to take care of Harriet. 

CLARE: Harriet’s youngest daughter, not adopted.  Age 16. Attending high school, raising money to build a medical clinic in Bogotá.

MARTY: Harriet’s wife.  Age 44.

ANITA: Founder of Global Family, an international adoption agency.  A family friend.  Jewish. Age 55.

Resources:

Available through the Canadian Play Outlet.

For more information about the playwright and her work, visit the CWPO collection.

To view other works by this playwright, click here.

Notes:

Ana’s Shadow features three original songs performed by Ana and composed by British singer songwriters Chantelle Pike and Hannah Dean from Eyes for Gertrude: “Absent Impact” and “Chanting”. To listen to Chantelle and Hannah’s music visit: www.myspace.com/eyesforgertrude.

This play is a sequel to Tara Goldstein’s play Harriet’s House, which can be found on PLEDGE here.

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