SETTING for Kisses for Hildy
Most of the action takes place in the present in a penthouse living room. The penthouse is on the top floor of a renovated apartment building, the Arcadia, in a large American city. The interior decoration is primarily upscale 1920s, but the space also holds pre-1920s, museum-quality antiques and objets d’art. These items include a painting of a handsome couple in late-Victorian dress, a jewel box, and a set of samurai swords. A terrace and its view of the city skyline are visible at the back of the penthouse.

There are four exits from the penthouse living room:
1. a visible exterior hallway leading to the front door of the penthouse;
2. French- or sliding-doors that open onto the terrace;
3. an exit from the penthouse living room leading to an unseen interior hallway; and
4. a “gated doorway” to the unseen master bedroom. The gated doorway is literally an iron gate, of floor-to-lintel height, standing in front of a regular door, curtain, or hallway that leads into the unseen master bedroom.

One scene, also present day, takes place at and around a desk in a law firm office. Items decorating the desk or surroundings tend toward dark fantasy or angst. These could include, for example, an anatomical model of a skinless human head (like the old “Visible Head” model).

Brief “flashback” scenes can be created through lighting alone, as they are only memories.
Kisses for Hildy is on file with the United States Copyright Office; the registration number is PAu3-096-154. The play is also registered with the Dramatists Guild of America.
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