|About the Book|
The play is an urban snapshot of white working class America at a time when the traditional family structure was coming to an end. The affects of war, tradition and the new subculture of teenagers clash on a working class neighborhood street of Newark, New Jersey, from sundown on a hot summer night in July 1959. Tony is about to turn eighteen and has not yet felt the disasters that life presents. He is unable to talk to his father who suffers from what is now called post traumatic stress disorder from the Second World War. Instead he expresses his feelings to his goldfish, Fredrick. Tonys twin sister Sandra is unmarried and secretly two months pregnant. Shelly, the newly arrived girl next door, has been sent to stay with her aunt Brenda because of sexual abuse by her father and Tonys friend Eddie suffers from physical abuse from his drunken father. The relationships between the adults and teenagers puts more pressure on the young lives as a patchwork of hidden needs clash on a hot summer night.