Expectations

Selected for The Rum Diaries Presents, and Around the Globe in 80 Plays, and Caravan Theatre (2020). Shortlisted for Pint-sized Plays 2020 and Short+Sweet Dubai 2021.

(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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  • 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.
  • Cheryl Bear:
    7 Aug. 2020
    A heartbreaking and beautifully done portrait of the discarded woman in a patriarchal marriage. Great work.
  • Victoria Z. Daly:
    26 Jan. 2020
    So much is conveyed between the lines in this lovely duo of overlapping monologues. Each monologue would be gorgeous by itself; but, woven together, they magnify each other. Laid out through precise, poetic detail, the story leads us to feel for a woman whom the whims and injustices of a patriarchal society have left completely isolated. If only we could say these whims and injustices were a thing of the nineteenth-century past.

Character Information

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

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    The Rum Diaries Presents
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    2020
  • Reading
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    Fractured Time Productions
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    2020
  • Reading
    ,
    Caravan Theatre
    ,
    2020

Awards

Shortlisted
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Pint-sized Plays 2020
Shortlisted (Current)
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Short+Sweet Dubai 2021