Women of Lockerbie

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The Women of Lockerbie By Debra Brevoort Written in 2003, The Women of Lockerbie follows the story of Bill and Maddie Livingston visiting Lockerbie, Scotland on the 7th anniversary of the Pan Am 103 bombing. Written in the style of a Greek tragedy, The Women of Lockerbie creates an atmosphere that is not only grief-ridden, but hope filled. Playwright Debra Brevoort fictionalized a real-life tragedy and showed that, in light of grief and loss, there is still a silver lining. The first real showing of grief is the opening scene, where Bill has lost Maddie; she ran from the church where a memorial was being held to look for the remains of her son, who was killed in the bombing. It is revealed that Adam-their son- was sitting right above the bomb, therefore he was disintegrated almost immediately. BILL: There is nothing to find. The bomb went off in the compartment under his seat. Everyone in that part of the plane vanished. Maddie is intent upon finding Adam, she even goes so far as to say that even a piece of his jaw bone would be closure enough, since there was no body to bury or cremate. Such sorrow is expressed solely through our own feelings and experiences. Another point of grief is the way the parents have coped with the death of Adam. Maddie, early on, describes what happened and her disbelief. MADELINE: I live in New Jersey! I have two cars in the driveway! This was not supposed to happen to me! Much of the show explores the lives of the afflicted. Most people go throughout life not expecting such tragedies to happen to them, but when it does, you suddenly become the person in the news. Further exploring the grief in death is the guilt and blame. Maddie focuses very much on what she could’ve done differently before Adam’s death. MADELINE: I never should have let him study in London. I never should have let him go so far from home. He was
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