MOTHER' S DAY - Sweet Dreams, Sugar - Katie

Author Gwen Flager
Houston, TX


Katie, an ER nurse, and her family learn that her younger sister Chrissy is returning home to Calhoun County for Mother`s Day on a Greyhound bus, carrying Freedom Riders. Chrissy’s bus is targeted for attack by white supremacists who include their sister Mary Jean`s abusive husband. Katie witnesses the stranded bus firebombed with the riders being beaten while exiting the burning bus. Her sister is clubbed as she exits the bus. Even though Katie treats Chrissy’s head wound while her brother Buddy rushes them to the hospital, Chrissy dies from the injury.

Time: Mother`s Day weekend, May, 1961                                

Situation: After unsuccessfully trying to save her younger sister Chrissy`s life, Katie, ever the nurse, attempts to comfort her sibling`s lifeless body on a gurney in the hospital.

Subject Matter:  Grief, Compassion                         

Note from Playwright I watched various documentaries of the Freedom Rides and read Raymond Arsenault's book Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice. I wanted to write a play that reflected the impact of racial struggles on everyone in a community and the unforeseen consequences of hate and prejudice.

Supplemental Info: See Videos below to watch one PBS documentary and hear an NPR Fresh Air Interview with the book author that inspired the play MOTHER`S DAY, from which this monologue is taken. 


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Watch one of the documentaries about Freedom Riders that inspired the Playwright.

Hear an interview with Raymond Arsenault about Freedom Riders.

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