Mister the Bear

[10-minute] Brian is haunted by the spirit of his sister Cara, who died in childhood. What does she want from him, and what does an old teddy bear have to do with it? A short play about loss, guilt, and reconciliation.
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Mister the Bear

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  • Cheryl Bear:
    26 Jul. 2020
    A powerful and beautiful story of the sister who comes back to help her brother work through his guilt and grief. Well done.
  • Steven G. Martin:
    7 Jul. 2020
    An intense ghost story/haunting fully developed in 10 minutes.

    The plot may last only 10 minutes, but I love that Bridgette Dutta Portman has created a detailed history between Cara and Brian, and refers to it throughout. This backstory helps the audience understand the transgressions between the characters as well as the symbolic conclusion.
  • Alex Wilkie:
    25 Apr. 2020
    Through a ghostly reunion at twilight, this play powerfully explores the painful loss of a sibling and points the way towards redemption. With dialogue that is alternately direct and lyrical, the playwright is able to evoke characters that are lifelike and compelling.

Character Information

  • Brian
    Late 50s/60s,
    Any
    ,
    Male
    A poet. Repressed and in denial.
  • Cara
    50s/60s,
    Any
    ,
    Female
    His deceased sister, two years younger. Appears the age she would have been if she'd survived, but there is a childishness in her speech and mannerisms.

Production History

  • Professional
    ,
    The Pear Theatre
    ,
    2018