Cast: 2m., 2w., 1 either gender.
Hudson Manning once loved to paint. Now, he draws a comic book, paints motel art and argues with his wife, Laura—who died two years ago! He has become a recluse, hiding from the outside world and sinking into the darkness of his self-pity. But he begins to emerge from his darkness when Katie Evans, a film student from Cornell, crashes her car into the ditch in his front yard. Energetic, vivacious and excited about art, Katie resembles the artist Hudson was before Laura's accident. As his bond with Katie grows, Laura becomes jealous, and Hudson—wracked with guilt—is afraid she might disappear forever. In the end, Hudson must choose between reality and the world he has created in his mind.
One interior set. Approximate running time: 90 minutes.
Beware the Licorice Vines was the 2014 winner of Southeastern Louisiana University Theatre Department's Inkslinger Playwriting Competition.