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In Camden, NJ, Dessie, a single mother with a teenage daughter, has survived a violent past through a vehement optimism. Dogged by her ex-husband, she nevertheless celebrates her small victories—buying a new color TV, meeting a cynical, street-wise man with enough vulnerability left to love her. But the daughter stumbles into a rape that leaves her partially paralyzed, the attackers are acquitted, and Dessie’s crutch of optimism collapses.

Written by Conrad Bishop & Elizabeth Fuller
Directed by Conrad Bishop
Two acts; 5m/4w; multi-location unit set.

Produced by Actors Theatre of Louisville (Louisville, KY), 1985.