Expectations

Selected for The Rum Diaries Presents (2020) and Around the Globe in 80 Plays (2020). Shortlisted for Pint-sized Plays 2020.

(5 Min) 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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  • 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.
  • Doug DeVita:
    21 Dec. 2019
    Heartbreaking and beautifully rendered, this is a perfect ten.

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
    ,
    2020
  • Reading
    ,
    Fractured Time Productions
    ,
    2020
  • Reading
    ,
    Caravan Theatre
    ,
    2020

Awards

Shortlist
,
Pint-sized Plays
,
2020