Pen and Neil are at the end of a difficult breakup. Neil lived away from home for a year because of work, and the only thing Pen could talk to him about was their dog, Sam. She updated him on every minute detail of the dog’s life and sent him weekly postcards from the dog. Neil, who couldn’t take Pen’s canine obsession anymore, broke off their relationship. Neil has come back to their house for the last of his things--Sam and Sam’s things--but Pen doesn’t want to let the dog go, since for her, that truly signals the end of the relationship, which meant the world to her. Stay is based on Bob Dylan’s “You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go,” which tells the story of someone who has loved and lost over and over again, and is well-acquainted with the loneliness that comes after a breakup.
This is a ten minute play.
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