Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
First Committee Member
Jerry L. Crawford
Number of Pages
Weldings is a full length play in two acts, taking place in rural Minnesota. The story centers around blacksmith Ernest Johnson and his relationships with dead wife Gretchen and living middle aged daughter Jenna. Ernest must decide whether or not he should break from his past farm life with Gretchen and move into a town apartment. Other characters enter the shop with their own problems. The clashes observed and experienced through these other characters lead Ernest, Gretchen, and Jenna to solve their conflict. Ernest takes the apartment, and Gretchen finally agrees he should make the move. Instinctively Ernest feels he is making a hard but very healthy choice. The time of year is early summer, just after three days of good ground drying weather. Real time is used during the play. The duration of the action runs from nine twenty-five to eleven forty-five one Saturday morning.
Original; Play; Weldings; Writing; Plays
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Jensen, Mark Steven, "Weldings (Original writing)" (1993). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 292.