Trust Is A Must

It seems to me that mutual trust is the fundamental basis for any relationship. When it starts to fray, the relationship inevitably falters. This truth is particularly important in family dynamics.

My play Revokable Trust explores the ever evolving relationships between a husband and wife with traditional values, and their uptight and bitter divorced middle-aged daughter Lucy who feels nothing but rejection. In the desperate pursuit of financial security and another shot at marriage, she becomes increasingly manipulative and mean-spirited, thereby imperiling the trust of her parents and her would-be fiancé.

Parental love is instinctive, strong, freely given and usually unwavering. On the other hand, trust is earned through positive actions, but can threatened and ultimately lost through negative actions. Feeling entitled, Lucy demeans her step-father and blames him for her failures, and she ultimately embezzles from her mother. After seeing Revokable Trust audience members have told me how personally sensitive and concerned they are about these issues in their own relationships with their own children. Apparently these issues are very real and wide-spread.

We often learn a lot about people by witnessing the way they treat others. As Lucy attempts to rush her reluctant boyfriend into marriage, he observes the way she treats her parents and eventually breaks off their already delicate engagement. He tells Lucy she isn’t the woman she had led him to believe she was, and Lucy hits back.

Sadly, in contemporary America many people are rejecting the comforts of friends and family for the pursuit of self-interests. The result is that they are becoming more isolated, defensive and paranoid. By not embracing and nurturing close relationships, they have freed themselves from responsibility, but it is a lonely freedom.

Because the subjects my plays seem to be so diverse, some have asked if I write in a specific arena. After some thought I concluded that my through-line is my love of people and my concern for the commitments, efforts and rewards that are inherent in meaningful relationships.

At its best, Revokable Trust plays as a quirky contemporary comedy pitting violence against virtue, deception against decency, and secrecy against sincerity. Yet, I like to think it’s a fun play with something to say. Check it out for yourself at Indie Theater Now.
Richard Warren, Playwright