2006-2007

VISITING MR. GREEN by Jeff Baron

Mr. Green, an elderly, retired dry cleaner, wanders into New York traffic and is almost hit by a car driven by Ross Gardiner, a 29-year-old business executive. Ross is charged with reckless driving and sentenced to a period of community service. Over several months he is required to visit Mr. Green, shop for his groceries and clean his apartment. Neither of them is happy with the arrangement. Since the recent death of his wife Yetta, Green has given up on life, refuses to see anyone and does not eat properly. His only solace in life is his Jewish faith. At first, Green is hostile to Ross. When he learns, however, that the young man is also Jewish, he warms to him and begins to talk about the wonderful marriage he had with Yetta. Things seem to be going better until Green urges Ross, who is single and living alone, to go out and meet the right girl. When he is insistent about this, Ross informs him that he is gay. Because of his religious beliefs, Green cannot accept Ross’s homosexuality. Old wounds are opened up.  Ross regrets that he broke off with a young man he was deeply in love with after his parents reacted negatively to his sexual orientation. Green is suffering from having cut off relations with his only daughter after she married a man who was not Jewish. Ross tries to break down the barrier between them and persuade Green to reconcile with the daughter that he has driven away. What started as a comedy about two men who do not want to be in the same room together, becomes a gripping, heart-warming drama as they come to understand, respect and finally care for each other. 


                    

                                  G. Philip Hope and Lee Baxter

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