by Sharon Pollock
Published by Broadview Drama Peterborough ON.
Number of Acts: 2
Length: 110 mins
Total actors required: 5
When Catherine, after a long absence, returns home on the eve of ceremonies honoring her physician father she unleashes a kaleidoscope of memories as father and daughter attempt to lay old ghosts to rest. Public service has been the keynote of Doc's life. He has worked to provide medical care for the poor having risen from poverty himself. "Never had a pot to piss in" he says, " lived on porridge and molasses and had to fight for every god damn thing I got!" It seems his achievement, however, has come at a price. Catherine finds her father isolated and alone, but as driven and combative as ever despite a recent heart attack. Catherine, no shrinking violet herself, and Doc confront each other in a no-holds- barred revelation of family secrets. They interact with figures from the past which include Bob, Doc's wife and Catherine's mother; Uncle Oscar,Doc's best friend; and Catherine herself as the young child Katie. Humor leavens this drama of a father and daughter's struggle to love, to forgive, and to understand in order to go on.