Set in a café in Greenwich Village, Blood from a Stoner is an intimate depiction of the uncomfortable attempts by a father and daughter to connect. Given the obvious strain of their efforts, it is evident that the pain of their shared past, although never specifically addressed, is ever present. At points, their waiter serves as an intermediary. When Bernard falls and must be taken to the hospital, he succeeds in getting his daughter to spend more time with him. For Sally’s part, she recognizes his vulnerability and takes a step toward letting go of wanting him to be someone else. For the two of them it is a journey toward acceptance.
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Jeanne Dorsey lives in New York City and is a writer of plays, screenplays and essays. Blood from a Stoner is her first film. It is based on her play of the same title, which was produced Off Broadway by the Ensemble Studio Theatre where she is a member. Her essay Motherhood, Adoption, Ambivalence is included in No Kidding: Women Writers on Bypassing Parenthood published in April of this year. Her full-length play Footprints in the Snow was nominated by EST for the 2010 Susan Smith Blackburn prize and was a semi-finalist for the O’Neill 2009 National Playwrights Conference. Blood Work was a finalist for the 2008 Perishable Theatre International Women’s Playwriting Festival. Other plays have been developed and produced at: Ensemble Studio Theatre, Gilgamesh, Naked Angels, New Georges, Primary Stages and Soho Rep. Her monologues have been published by Smith and Krauss an Heinemann Press. She has received fellowships to the Fundación Valparaiso in Spain, Ragdale Foundation, Santa Fe Art Institute, Ucross Foundation and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.