Brian Watkins (Author of My Daughter Keeps Our Hammer)
How Thor got his hammer - Scott A. Mellor
My Daughter Keeps Our Hammer
My Daughter Keeps Our Hammer. Flea Theater see Off-Off Broadway. By Brian Watkins. Directed by Danya Taymor. Running time: 1hr 10mins.
Two sisters live in the frustrating isolation of the Colorado plains with their mother, a pet sheep, and a pickup truck that no one uses. It's also a memory play about frontier days, when people got lost in the wilderness and were never heard of again except in ghost stories. And then of course there's violence, the cruel and vengeful kind. Filled with bleak humor that grows gruesomely darker, My Daughter Keeps Our Hammer fits well into this genre of American literature think Sam Shepard's True West , yet it carves out a chilling little niche for itself. And in the more-than-able hands of Taymor, the play's images of shadow and light haunt the mind like a tale told around a campfire.
Estranged sisters Sarah and Hannah are stuck in a middle-of-nowhere town in Colorado taking care of their sick and manipulative mother. Through intertwining monologues — the sisters never talk to each other, only to the audience — Sarah and Hannah unravel their complicated relationships with each other and their overbearing mother. But what starts as a story of sisterly rivalry eventually takes a gory turn, as the sisters recount in great detail a fateful, horrific night tainted by violence that brought them together. We were transfixed. But unlike a horror story, My Daughter also offers psychological complexity.
MY DAUGHTER KEEPS OUR HAMMER follows two estranged sisters, one needy mother, and one intolerable sheep. Stuck in a forgotten.
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But family secrets make bad shepherds. And the sisters must choose: reconcile their past, or sacrifice their future? Or, rather, the sisters tell the story, addressing the audience in a series of monologues. Sarah, who mainly tends to their self-absorbed, needy mother, hopes to flee this prison of obligation and go to college. Hannah gets off the ranch only long enough for her job at the diner in town. Before he deserted them years earlier, their dad left their mother two gifts: a pickup truck that each daughter sees as a means of escape, and Vicky, a sheep that becomes her beloved pet.