Philip Barry, with revisions by Robert E. Sherwood
4 men, 2 women: 6 total
"A drama of great eloquence, depth and feeling." óNY Herald-Tribune.
Book/Item: SECOND THRESHOLD
Book Type: MS
FEE: $75 per performance. MS.
THE STORY: Josiah Bolton is toying with the idea of suicide. His daughter Miranda intends to marry an Englishman older than herself, and is about to go abroad for the wedding. Neither Miranda nor Josiah realize how much he depends upon the close bonds that link them together. Toby Wells, a young physician and a friend of Josiah's, perceives that drastic steps must be taken if Josiah is to avoid wrecking his life. Toby knows how close Miranda is to Josiah and warns to her. At first she resents the interference, but is too deeply attached to her father not to understand the implications. She realizes her father needs a restoration of his former faith in life, and that only she can re-established it. Miranda's association with Toby soon develops into love, and when Miranda decides to break off her engagement, Josiah realizes she is not acting to please him, but is following her true feelings. Miranda's "plot" to help Josiah shows signs of succeeding, because she understands that not only does Josiah need her but that she needs him as well.