Lines of Desire
LINES OF DESIRE is a new full-length play of mkine which is in the first draft stage. I hope to have staged readings and workshops of the script tohelp me make revisions. A line of desire can be thought of as the shortest path from one’s self to one’s desire. Other people’s desires may drive us crazy, but it is for their sake that we find the stamina to go on living. Laura is a landscape architect -- a designer of environments. In a larger way, she tries to design the environment of her life in which she can never be happy until she knows her adult son, Cal is settled and happy.
The play opens as Laura and her son Cal, an aspiring photographer, gather at Laura’s widowed sister Kathy’s lake house to celebrate her Kathy’s birthday. They are joined by Jackson, a famous sculptor for whom Laura left her marriage, and Brynn, Cal’s live-in girlfriend who is an aspiring painter.
Laura recently designed Kathy’s backyard, which leads down to the lake. Cal struggles to coexist with Jackson, whom he blames for his mother’s divorce. Jackson announces he wishes to give Kathy a statue as a birthday gift to be placed in the yard. Jackson says the statue will complement and publicize Kathy’s design. Cal announces his first show of his photographs and Jackson offers to help Cal.
Cal’s show is a disaster and he flees the wreckage with his mother in pursuit leaving Brynn to fall under Jackson’s spell. Later, everyone but Cal gathers to unveil Jackson’s statue in Kathy’s backyard. Brynn has now left Cal to become Jackson’s new personal assistant and learn the ropes of the art world. Cal arrives later to confront Brynn and his lack of success. The unveiling doesn’t go as planned as Cal strikes back against Jackson for the damage he believes he has caused her family by attacking his statue with a hammer.
All of the characters remain trapped in their lives after all that happens to them, but they are changed by their experience; we recognize ourselves in them because we have been allowed to see their hopes, fears and dreams.