Two childhood friends, Cooper and Ronan, have been reunited by the death of Cooper's father who was absent for the majority of his life. Late at night, they search for a mysterious box that contains evidence of how the deceased truly felt about his son. As they dig through the past, Ronan tries to save his friend from becoming like the man whom he so strongly abhors.
Situation: Cooper and Ronan have broken into the childhood home of Cooper's recently deceased absentee-father late at night. They search for a box that Cooper believes will provide the closure he is seeking for his Dad's death. As they search, Ronan realizes that Cooper is shutting himself out from the people in his life that love him, and he offers a personal story about why it matters to be there for others in their time of need.
Subject Matter: Parenthood, Family, Grief, Death, Dementia, Familial Obligations, Mothers, Good Ole Boys
Note from Playwright: This monologue is from a one-act play that was developed with Curious Theatre Company in Denver, CO as part of their Summer Playwriting Camp. It has received readings at the Region 6 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, where it was a regional finalist for the John Cauble Short Play Award, as well as The Last Frontier Theatre Conference in 2018.
Supplemental Information: To read the full play COOPER’S BOX, visit Eric’s New Play Exchange page.
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