From the Play
The Cast List:
Emily Mason: a woman in her mid-sixties.
Frank Mason: her son in his forties.
Anne Mason: Frank’s wife.
Nancy Mason: Frank and Anne’s daughter in her late teens.
Billy Mason: Frank and Anne’s son a first-year college student.
Joe Nelson: a newspaper reporter in his late fifties.
The Setting: A deck at the back of the MASON household.
Time: The present.
EMILY: Just fine. Billy. How about a game of chess?
BILLY Maybe later. The Steelers are playing the Green Bay Packers. (He stops and turns back to her.) Uh, those are two football teams.
EMILY: I know what they are. I just hope you haven’t bet on the Packers.
BILLY: Dad doesn’t allow me to bet.
EMILY: That figures. I don’t know where I went wrong with him. Sometimes you’ve got to take chances. When I was a public health nurse, I had a patient who thought he was some hot shot chess player. Unfortunately for him, he was inclined to make bets with the wrong peoples I clipped him for six thousand dollars.
BILLY: Six thousand dollars! What did you do with all that money?
EMILY Unfortunately for me, I never got a chance to collect. Somebody shot him first.
BILLY Well, I don’t see where that did you much good. I’ll bet you never told Dad about that.
EMILY: I’ll bet I didn’t. He never would have approved of it. I guess I just had him at the wrong time. He was too young to become a Beatnik and too old to become a Hippie.
BILLY: (Whispering and looking back over his shoulder for his Dad) Tell you what. Gram. I don’t think you know your football. I’ll put a buck on the Packers.
EMILY (Whispering back.) Make that double or nothing.
BILLY You got a deal. I’ll call you in for the end of the game.