Margaret Osgood, a sweet, quiet woman who is somewhat oblivious to details, is now shocked to find herself a recent widow and quite wealthy. She tries to adjust to her new life, first by buying herself a mink coat, a long-awaited extravagance, and joining the Wandering Widows’ Club where she makes good friends and creates a new social life. She soon finds herself pursued by Charlie, her late husband’s business partner, who questions her desire to donate much of her new-found money to charity. Is he just concerned about her financial future or is he more interested in his own?
CARL L. WILLIAMS TALKS ABOUT THE WIDOW IN MINK:
Q: What inspired you to write this play?
A: I wanted to write a play incorporating more seniors, especially in a lead role. And of course I wanted to write a comedy.
Q: What is your favorite part of this play? Why?
A: My favorite part is when Margaret learns what stocks she owns and how rich she is. I liked the idea of her being sweetly oblivious to such things.
Q: Where did the characters come from? Are they based on people you know?
A: The characters were simply invented. But I would like to know them!
Q: What did you try to achieve with this play?
A: I tried to make the play funny, yet with some sentiment to it, also.
Q: Do you have anything else you’d like to add?
A: This play won second place in a national playwriting competition: the Robert J. Pickering Award for Playwriting Excellence, awarded by the Branch County Community Theatre in Michigan.