What we need at the end of the day…

My older sister and I never had a final moment when our father died many years ago. I never had a chance to reconcile with him, and because my sister and I lived so far apart, we never had an opportunity to support each other in the moment of loss.

| 10 minute play |

Siblings visit their dying, estranged father with resentment and forgiveness on their minds.
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What we need at the end of the day…

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  • Emma Goldman-Sherman:
    7 Jun. 2019
    A GEM of a short play! A beautiful understanding of space and how hard it is for these two siblings to be in the same room at this moment. And he lets his characters go all the way emotionally. Polak calls attention to the doors as thresholds, and I can feel the power they hold for both characters from the very beginning so that the ending holds the power it does. Wonderful dialogue that provides a great understanding of the entire family life they lived through and the pain that has brought them to this moment.
  • Steven G. Martin:
    1 Mar. 2019
    Sometimes when loved ones die, we don't have the opportunity to be with them, to speak to them and that can be rough. Sometimes we can be around our loved ones when they die, and -- as Brian James Polak shows in this short drama -- that can be worse. These characters don't exist in the vacuum of the moment, Polak endows them with a history that affects their choices in the present. That's a treat for audiences and actors alike.
  • Rachel Bublitz:
    16 Jan. 2019
    This play made me think about forgiveness and if it’s for the person who wronged, the person was wronged, or both... Letting go of your anger is, in a way, a gift to yourself even if the person doesn’t deserve to be let off the hook but at what cost? Do you lose yourself or respect for yourself in that choice? This play that sends me off on lots of questions, none of which have easy answers... Which is just what I love for in powerful stories.


Heideman Award
Actor's Theatre of Louisville