The Women of Glen Marsh

Written by:

Moira Law

Cast Size:
7

Roles For:

  • Men: 1
  • People with Disabilities: 2
  • Women: 6

Genre:

Drama

Themes:

Death
Faith
Grief
Health
Illness
Loss

Length:

60 min.

Year Written:

2015

Synopsis:

In The Women of Glen Marsh, Glen Marsh is dying of ALS (Director may choose to substitute a different, but similar fatal disease). His ex-wife, Susan has shouldered the responsibility of caring for him, in spite of their divorce. Tarique is a PSW who supports Susan. Susan and Glen’s daughter, Brianna, is in denial, and has dedicated herself to saving him. Glen’s mother, Mildred, wants to save his soul. She invites Sofia, a faith healer to help.

Characters:

Glen Marsh: a man in his 40s or 50s, who has ALS, a wasting disease gradually robbing him of speech, mobility and ultimately of life.

Susan: Glen’s ex-wife and now his primary caregiver, in her 40s or 50s.

Brianna (Bree): Glen and Susan’s only child, a twenty-something professional woman.

Mildred: Glen’s mother, 20+ years Glen’s senior, she walks with difficulty using a cane.

Tarique: a woman in her 20s to 40s, a personal service worker (PSW). She wears a white smock or “lab coat”.

Candi: a very attractive young friend of Glen’s, Bree’s age or younger.

Sofia: older and contrary to the description in the text of average height with grey hair and a gentle voice. She wears a black business suit.

First Produced:

Workshopped at Domino Theatre in Kingston ON and at the Ottawa School of Speech and Drama.

Resources:

The Women of Glen Marsh is available through the Canadian Play Outlet.

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