Aunt dan and lemon script

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aunt dan and lemon script

Aunt Dan and Lemon by Wallace Shawn

Aunt Dan & Lemon takes us into the world of a young recluse named Lemon (alias Leonora) who spends her nights reading chronicles of Nazi atrocities. Lemon tells the audience about the overwhelming influence in her life of her parents friend Aunt Dan, an eccentric, passionate professor whose stories and seductive opinions enthrall Lemon from the time she is a young girl. The relationship that develops between Lemon and Aunt Dan and the conversations that went on in a small house on the bottom of an English garden form the focus of this play about political orientation and the allure of certain ideas-even if they lead to murder. A forceful play exposing the banality of societys evil, Aunt Dan & Lemon explores the ease with which good and bad become reconciled in the human mind.
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She swims in her dark cotton trousers, too, which seem baggy from frequent washing. She keeps everything neat, though, even her sentences. From an easy chair, stage right, Lemon greets her guests in the politest of tones. How sweet you are, how innocent. If everyone were just like you, perhaps the world would be nice again. Lemon lets us in on a few other things as well. She has an undisclosed illness.

This excerpt is from Lemon's final speech, which addresses the morality of killing.
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Aunt Dan and Lemon is a play by Wallace Shawn. Lemon, a reclusive young woman with an unspecified chronic illness, sits in her apartment reading books about Nazism and reliving her life story. But as she tells the audience, that life story consists mostly of stories she herself was told in childhood by "Aunt Dan", a family friend. In flashback we see the miserable marriage of Lemon's parents and the child's eagerness for escape through Dan's stories. Dan is a charismatic, eccentric figure, who tells the girl of her love affairs with women but also of an intense imaginary romance with Henry Kissinger. Dan's worldview is an application of Kissinger's doctrine of realpolitik to private life—amoral, ruthless, and seeing all relationships in terms of dominance and submission.


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