Ben Mossholder – Unopened (Setting and Character Description)
The play is set around three dates: in the middle of February, two days before Mary-Lake High School’s big championship basketball game, the night of the basketball game, after Mary Lake’s thrilling victory, and a bright and sunny day in the beginnings of June.
The play’s action takes place in the kitchen of the Talbert household; there is a kitchen table with four chairs near the kitchen counter and at the end of the counter is a sink. There is a stack of unopened letters on the kitchen table, and there should also be a monthly calendar on the right of the letter stack. A telephone should be to the corner of the kitchen counter. There is a door to “outside” on Stage Right and Stage Left is a hallway leading to the rest of the house (Offstage).
Mrs. Talbert, Nick’s mother. She is a stay at home mom who enjoys her comfy life and her loving family, though she wishes her husband was not always away with work. She has recently become worried about the huge deal Nick makes about small conflicts in his life.
Nick Talbert, a seventeen year old high-school student at Mary-Lake High School. He’s handsome, makes great grades, is good at sports, and is well-liked. He has everything going for him, but his mood constantly swings from blissful to a dreary state over menial matters (ie. His girlfriend, confidence issues, feeling worthless).
Kate Thomas, Nick’s girlfriend. She is a sweet and beautiful girl that does really like Nick; she just gets caught up in her own busy life.
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