by Julia Jordan
February 16 - March 10, 2007
Directed by Doobie Potter
Carpenter Square Theatre will
celebrate St. Patrick's Day a bit early with the Oklahoma premiere of Julia
Jordan's offbeat romantic comedy ST. SCARLET.
The Irish-American Cummins family puts the "fun"
in dysfunctional in a story set on St. Patrickís Day. Sisters Rose and Ruby live
together at the familyís lake home taking care of their ailing mother. Rose is
the "wild child" who left
home early and returned home as high strung as ever. Her sister Ruby is a naÔve
dreamer who never left home.
At the play's
start, a blizzard is swirling outside and they have called their brother Seamus
to come from town to repair the heating thermostat. In no time, they are
squabbling over who does the most to take care of their mother, who will get
their motherís possessions, and even what music to play on the radio.
Shortly, Ruby reveals that
the thermostat isnít actually broken. She has turned the heat off because their
mother has passed away in her upstairs bedroom. In the midst of arguing about
what arrangements to make, a stranger from Brooklyn breaks in claiming to be in
love with Rose who he calls "Scarlet". He believes that she has been exchanging
love letters with him for two years, and he has driven cross-country to see her.
As it turns out, what Vinny believes is not true, but his visit changes all of