Piese de Corinne Jacker

Bits and Pieces
A brilliant young professor dies and wills virtually all of his organs to be transplanted—an act that leaves his widow perplexed and unsatisfied, especially at the funeral for his few remains. She bribes the doctor for a list of recipients, and sets out on a quest for the bits and pieces of her husband, and of their life together.
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Richard and Barbara are at a crisis point in their young marriage and, without really meaning to, find themselves in a decisive confrontation. The problem is compounded by the provocative presence of Barbara's attractive and unmarried sister, Emily, who is openly drawn to Richard. In a series of terse, revealing scenes, all pretense is stripped away until the three come to accept the truth—about themselves and each other—and to face the terrible loss to which events have brought them.
Domestic Issues
Having been granted amnesty through the efforts of his wealthy and politically well-connected older brother, Larry, Stephen Porter is writing a book about his years as a violent radical activist. As he sorts through the events of his revolutionary past he is disturbed by the recurring appearance of a spectral figure—a fellow cell member who was killed when a bomb that Stephen was building accidentally detonated. He is also shaken by the unexpected arrival of his estranged wife, Ellen, who is still a hunted terrorist and who is determined to win back both Stephen's affection and his allegiance to the cause. Her appearance is particularly distressing to Larry and his wife, Susan, who importune Stephen to settle down and join the family business, putting his radical days behind him. The resulting conflicts form the dramatic heart of the play, as Stephen struggles to come to terms with the ideological and emotional compulsions which beset him—his conviction as to the justness of the cause he has served, and the guilt he feels about the destructive acts which this has led to. In the end there are no easy answers, but, instead, a sort of tentative accommodation with the changed reality, both political and personal, of which an older and wiser Stephen, with the passage of time, has inevitably become aware.
Harry Outside
A famous and successful architect, Harry Harrison (after confinement for a mental breakdown), can no longer accept the restrictions and second-rate standards of modern society. He cannot even bear to stay indoors and has, instead, set up his studio in a clearing in the woods. As he labors on a new and absorbing project his life is intertwined with others, family and friends, who, in various ways, love and admire him. From this skillful, and often funny, interplay of characters and action emerges an incisive and affecting indictment of our contemporary way of life—capped by Harry's decision to destroy his secret project, lest it too become merely a "container for people," rather than the work of art it was intended to be.
In Place
The scene is the Las Vegas boarding house of Daisy Stoddard, who came to town some years earlier to obtain a divorce and decided to stay on. Her guests are kindred spirits: Jerry Mazlish, a former college professor now a would-be blackjack dealer; and Louise Elliot, who is steeling herself to appear in court for her final divorce decree. All are losers who would like to be winners—and somehow the glitter and fast action of Las Vegas seem to offer hope that better times are ahead. But as Jerry quotes poetry, Louise recites the horrors visited on her by her psychiatrist husband, and Daisy dreams of hitting that one big jackpot, we are aware that most likely their futures are already mirrored in their pasts.
Later
The scene is a beach house on the Rhode Island shore, where Molly, recently widowed, is enjoying a Labor Day reunion with her two daughters. While Laurie, the married daughter, bakes a cake, Molly and Kate, the older but still single daughter, picnic on the beach, reminiscing about the years they shared with the late Malachai and pondering the changes his death has brought to their lives. Kate wants her mother to sell the house and move near her in the city; while Molly picks at her daughter, who had shown such youthful promise, for accepting a routine secretarial job. Laura, living in a St. Louis suburb with her husband and young children, seems to be the most secure and settled of the three, but, as the disputes and revelations multiply, it is made clear that she too remains in thrall to the memory of her father. In the end all three come to recognize their shared challenge: to redefine the past in terms of the new and separate responsibilities that each must now face and to achieve an individuality beyond the dependence instilled in them, for better or worse, by the powerful male figure now gone from their lives.
My Life
Poses a fascinating set of questions: why do we become what we are? And if we were able to go back in time, and deal with unanswered questions, would we really know any more about ourselves? Edward Howe, a young physicist whose life has reached a point of stasis, endeavors to discover his true self by recreating the people and events of his past: his parents; himself when younger; his first love; and the grandfather he hardly knew. As the play progresses the people of his fantasy, made real, coexist-exist with those of his present life: his parents grown older; and the girl with whom he is now involved; until a mosaic of mingled actions begins to form. But while the orchestration of his emotional rebirth expands Eddie's self-knowledge, it also teaches him that some scars never heal and that, although he may come to understand the past, he can never undo its power to influence the present, and the future, be it for good or ill.
Night Thoughts
After having lived alone for many years Dorothy, a chronic invalid, now has Ida staying with her. Dorothy is connected to a battery of machines that monitor her bodily functions and sustain her feeble hold on life, and she seems to resent and distrust the robust Ida, who may—or may not—be her sister. They talk of other times and events which may—or may not—have happened, and Ida hints that there is a man waiting for her outside, a man who has a friend for Dorothy. But Dorothy can only suspect Ida of planning her demise, a suspicion which seems borne out when Ida, suitcase already packed, suddenly leaves—whereupon Dorothy tears away the wires that entangle her and surprisingly survives.
Terminal
Comfortably ensconced in his private room awaiting minor surgery, Steven is unexpectedly visited by Oswald, a terminal patient who appears to have the run of the hospital. Skittish about medical matters, Steven grows increasingly restive as Oswald catalogues his gruesome ailments and operations—all of which somehow seems to engender in Steven a sense of guilt as well: about his sureness of full recovery versus Oswald's sad fate; and also about his being well off, while Oswald has become a charity patient. As Oswald piles horror on horror Steven presses on him his cashmere robes, his expensive fountain pen, chocolates, scotch and, finally his bed-anything to shut him up and persuade him that someone does care about him (but if only he would go away).
The Chinese Restaurant Syndrome
Two old friends, Susan and Maggie, meet for lunch in a Chinese restaurant after having been out of touch for seven years. They grew up together, and their conversation is filled with girlhood memories as well as reports of homes, husbands and children. But despite the warmth and cordiality of the occasion, old rivalries persist, and as cocktails flow and reserve melts flashes of jealously and ire occur, triggered by Susan's confession of a possible crisis that she must steel herself to deal with. In the end, however, the two concede that old friends are indeed the best friends and as they part plans are made for another reunion, this time with husbands and offspring joining in.

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Corinne Jacker s-a nascut la data de 29 iunie 1933 in Chicago, Illinois, SUA.


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