Lies and Consequences

Written by:

Carol Libman

Cast Size:
6

Roles For:

  • Men: 3
  • Women: 3

Genre:

Drama

Themes:

Betrayal
Forgiveness
Trust

Length:

85 min.

Year Written:

2019

Synopsis:

In Lies and Consequences, what happens when a long-held family secret is secret no longer? Thirty years ago, when Martha was ten years old, an event happened which she believes she has successfully suppressed. However, memory cannot so easily be controlled. And when it emerges, with charges and counter-charges, who can we believe? Which story defines the “truth,” and who is to judge? As for consequences, is “keeping it in the family” ever really justified?

Characters:

Martha, aged 40, university professor, successful writer of historical novels.

Cathy, her younger sister, mid-thirties, lives with husband and kids on an experimental farm, in town for the week-end.

Peter, Martha and Cathy’s cousin, four years younger than Martha. Scientist about to receive an award, at Martha’s University.

Karen, Peter’s wife, in her thirties.

John, Peter’s father, Martha and Cathy’s uncle, in his 70’s.

Andre, mid-40’s, journalist, Martha’s now estranged boyfriend.

First Produced:

Red Sandcastle Theatre, Toronto, by Rare Day Projects, April 30 - June 5, 2019

Resources:

Lies and Consequences is available through the CPO Website.

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Notes:

The play deals with the attempted sexual assault of a 10-year-old by a trusted older relative, 30 years ago. The scene is expressed in dialogue rather than performed.