Norman & Beatrice
“What if you couldn’t remember what you thought you’d never forget?” Norman and Beatrice's elegant structure seeks to challenge the very nature of who we are and who we might become, both as individuals and in partnership with another, as the titular couple have a quiet lunch. An exploration of how the major events of the latter half of the twentieth century affects an ordinary family in the American Midwest.
1 Man, 80s
1 Woman, 70s-80s
Minimalist Midwestern kitchen, a breakfast table, chairs.
Finalist: Tennessee Williams One-Act Play Festival.
"Norman and Beatrice" is an uncommon and uncommonly beautiful play: a love story not focused on sprightly passion or sanguine striving but rather on quiet endurance and unwavering loyalty. Barbara Hammond paints a penetrating portrait of extraordinary human connection at a time of life when the deterioration of body and mind pushes all toward disconnection." - Jonathan Kalb (Mar 25, 2007)
Production and Development History
Production: Synapse Productions, Connolly Theatre, NYC (February 2006).