Pyretown by John Belluso

Mr. Belluso, who himself was confined to a wheelchair, wrote several plays featuring a disabled character. His stories are driven by an insider's perspective on what it means to be disabled. Pyretown is one of his best plays in this genre. Louise, an older stressed-out divorced woman with three children, and Harry, a handsome younger man in a wheelchair, meet in an emergency room.

Their common enemy, America's bureaucratic health-care system, is what brings them together but ultimately destroys their relationship.

This two-character play of 15 scenes builds to an erotically intense passion. The sparse scenes are realistic with not a word or pause wasted. As the title implies, their relationship is a combustible pile for burning a corpse as a funeral rite. Naturally progressing to a feverish heat, Louise is forced to make a decision between her own 'happily ever after' and her children's very survival. The outcome is no fairytale or 'wish-it-were'. It is life in a real world on the fringes of American society. It couldn't be otherwise.

Characters: 1 Man, 1 Woman
Scenes/Monologues: Louise's opening monologue is a serious/comedic delight to perform and to witness, and the sexual undertones of the Louise/Harry scenes quietly build to an explosive consummation of desire. Great material for two actors!

Recommended by: Bill