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? Margaret’s worried niece Julie, an investigative reporter, seeks to protect her aunt while playing an exasperating game of verbal volleyball with her boyfriend Roger. He’s a rich and seemingly idle young man who keeps proposing to Julie but may have secrets of his own. Meanwhile, Margaret’s new friends enjoy all the drama with a few tart quips and a bit of flirtation thrown in. Will false intentions and false assumptions eventually become clear to make way for true love?
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.