Expectations

Selected for Short+Sweet Sydney 2021 / Forthcoming from Valley Players (Napa, CA) / Shortlisted for Short+Sweet Dubai 2021 and Pint-sized Plays 2020

(Short) Novelist Charles Dickens and his wife Kate Dickens speak about the legal separation Dickens initiated after twenty-two years of marriage and nine children—narratives that differ substantially from each other. A play about power and women's lives.
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Expectations

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  • Alice Josephs:
    12 Jun. 2021
    These intertwined monologues of Charles Dickens and wife Kate are devastating in their simplicity. He wove acclaimed stories for entertainment, but here stories are a vindictive ‘legal’ weapon, forcing us to question what happens when the wronged wife is turned into a ‘character’ for legal purposes. And false storytelling, including unfitness as wife and mother, readily accepted, backed up by Dickens’ status as family patriarch and beloved author. As effective in modern as well as period dress, specifics of the Dickens’s separation take on universal resonance in the #MeToo age of fake news and the court of public opinion.
  • James McLindon:
    17 May. 2021
    A quietly powerful play whose alternating speeches by Charles Dickens and his wife, Kate Dickens, captures structurally his unwillingness to acknowledge his betrayal of her.
  • Christine Foster:
    19 Nov. 2020
    Kate Dickens says the thing she liked least about her husband 's novels were the subservient, dewy-eyed heroines. She's remained subservient, but now, no longer dewy-eyed, has been cast aside for an actress who is. After nine children. Whom he kept. With the house. Kate's loneliness is excruciating and yet she doesn't rail against Charles. It is we the audience, who weep. Simply and perfectly done.

Character Information

  • Catherine "Kate" Dickens
    Mid-40s., Array
    Wife of novelist Charles Dickens.
  • Charles Dickens
    Late 40s., Array
    Well-known novelist

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    Fractured Time Productions (UK)
    ,
    2020
  • Reading
    ,
    Caravan Productions (UK)
    ,
    2020
  • Reading
    ,
    The Rum Diaries Presents (Glasgow, Scotland)
    ,
    2020

Production History

  • Professional
    ,
    Short+Sweet Sydney (Australia)
    ,
    2021
  • Community Theater
    ,
    Valley Players (CA)
    ,
    2021

Awards

Shortlisted
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Pint-sized Plays 2020
Shortlisted
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Short+Sweet Dubai 2021