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Friday, December 7, 2012

The Timekeeper 
A play in two acts by Thomas M. Kelly, © 2008

"My dream was to fix time.  Fix it in a way that I did not lose it.  Time is a gift.  Take it.  Hold it close to you.  Squander time and you lose."

Liam Tibbetts is an aging clockmaker in a small city.  Before the recent untimely death of his wife, he began to lose his sight and is now beginning to show early signs of Alzheimer’s disease.  Zachary, his son, an alcoholic, is a professor of English at the University of Virginia is on his way to visit.  Zach is torn between teaching and leaving his precarious position at UVA to take care of his father.  This, coupled with a newly disco
vered love in his life, Marie Claire, places a great deal of stress upon him.  Zach decides to stay and opens a bookstore in his father’s old clock shop.  He continues to care for his father until it becomes too much for him to handle.  A failing bookstore, due to unexpected competition from a big box book store, the pressure of caring for his father, a postponed wedding and a failing relationship.  He again begins to drink heavily.  At first he hides it by sipping on the sly and lacing his coffee with Irish whiskey, but openness becomes the norm.  Two years later, Liam passes.

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