The Girl in the Park

Synopsis: Enduringly traumatized by the disappearance of her 3-year-old daughter 15 years ago, Julia Sandburg has cut herself off from anyone once near and dear to her, including her husband Doug and her son Chris, who tried for years to penetrate her wall of isolation and despair, without success. But when Julia meets Louise, a troubled young woman with a checkered past, all Julia's old psychic wounds painfully resurface, as does her illogical and increasingly irrational hope that Louise may be the daughter she lost so long ago.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): David Auburn
Production: Blue Sky Media
Rotten Tomatoes:
110 min

"There was the police car with four policemen

"that Clancy had sent from headquarters.

He held back the traffic

so Mrs. Mallard and the"--

- Ducklings!

-"...could march across the street

"right into the public garden.

"And then inside, they all

turned around to say"--

What to the policemen?

"'Cause they'd been so nice."

- Thank you.

-"'Thank you,'

"and the policemen smiled

and waved good-bye.

And when they reached the pond

and swam across to the Iittle island,"

- there was who?

- Mr. Mallard.

"Mr. Mallard,

just as he had promised.

I bet he missed them."


"And the ducklings Iiked

the new island so much,"

they decided to what?

Live there.

Yes."And all day long,

they follow the swan boats and eat"--


"When night falls,

"they swim to their Iittle

island with their parents,

and they go to"--

- Sleep.


And now... it's about that time.

Come on. One more.

Please? One more.

No. Mama's gotta go to work.

- Come on. Please?

- No. Tomorrow.

We're gonna step it out.

No, man. Let's...

See? I told you.

- Go, Dog! Go!?

- Goodnight Moon

and Make Way for Ducklings, twice.

Here she is, ladies and gentlemen.

Better late than never, Julia Sandburg.

One day while strolIin'

through the park

I overheard a lovers' conversation

They didn't say, "I love you, dear"

All they did was whisper

in each other's ear

They said Ooh-shoobe-doo-de, ooh

Ooh, ooh shoobe--

It was wonderful, as usual.

Thank you.

- Thanks.

- Thank you.

Julia, I'd Iike to introduce you

to a friend of mine.

- Hi.

- Hi. Big, big fan.

Great set tonight.

And congratulations

on the voice piece.

Oh, well, that was kind of a fluke.

- Marcus is with Delancy Records.

- Uh-huh.

You put this out yourself, right?

- More or less.

- Well, Iisten, we should talk.

We don't have the biggest budgets in town,

but we think maybe we could do

a Iittle better for you.


Help out with promotion.

Great. Thank you.


Sweetheart, you want this toast?

Chris, where's my, uh-- my briefcase?

- It's right there, Dad.

- Oh.

I sit okay if I stay over

at Toby Rutherford's on Saturday?

- Um...

- Did you sing?

- Yes.

- I guess so.

- How many songs?

- T al k to you r mom.

About ten.

Did people clap?


Do you Iike cheese?

Some kinds.

I've got a late meeting

probably till around 7.

Can you get Chris from school?

He's got his kung fu thing

to learn at 4:
30 today.


- How'd it go last night?

- Good.

- Ill tell you more when I'm awake.

- Dad?

Yeah, I know. We're late.

Have you got your backpack?

- Yeah.

- Say good morning to your mother.

- Kiss, please.

- Good morning, Ma.

- Bye.

- Have a great day. Love you.

Bye, sweetie.

Be good.

And as for you...

Let's go to the park.

Oh. Okay. Let me see.

Come on. Let me see.

- Does it hurt?

- A Iittle bit.

- Okay.

- Just a small ow.


Oh, miss? Miss?

I think she have another one there.

Oh, no, thanks.

That's just a birth mark.

Yeah. I always had that.

Where's Maggie?

Oh, where, oh, where can she be?

I got you!

Okay, and then one last bounce,

and we have to go.

Okay, Maggie.

Time to go!

Come on, sweetheart.

Where's Maggie?

Oh, where, oh, where can she be?




Did you see a Iittle girl

in a blue coat?

No. Sorry.


Answer me!


Thank you very much.

Enjoy your weekend.

You, too.

She's lobbying for

a mountaintop somewhere,

under a tree and barefoot.

And then after,

well grill up some hot dogs.

You are-- You are such a Iiar!

Just because I don't think

we should rent out

Radio City Music Hall.

No. I'm just saying,

if we're gonna have a wedding,

we may as well have a wedding.

We will. Wait till you see

his dad's backyard.

- It is-- It's perfect.

- Mm-hmm.

Chris has been putting

a hell of a lot of work into that house.

I haven't been down there

in a couple of weeks, but I hear--

- It's stunning. It's really stunning.

- Really?

He says it isn't finished or anything

Iike that, but you can just tell.

You can tell.

He is just so talented.

So it might be a Iittle cold

when we say our vows. Who cares?

Hey, come on.

Your love will warm us all.


It's all right. It's, uh, you know,

by the water and everything.

It's very cool.

So when Celeste told me

that she and Chris had decided

to make honest people of each other--

... finally,

it wasn't exactly a complete surprise.

We already had the invitations

for this engagement party

printed up, to be honest.

Hired the caterers.

We were a Iittle ahead of them.

But they've caught up nicely,

don't you think?


Anyway, Chris, what can I say?

Chris is the kind of young man

that Dave and...

- Mom--

- I'm sorry.

I promised I wasn't gonna do this.

My Lord. Okay.

Well, if you think this is bad now,

just wait for the wedding.

Um, anyway...

All right. Here.

Let's see now. Yes.

It's an old clich

that you're not losing a daughter,

you're gaining a son.

And, uh, we are also, of course,

gaining a grandchild.

I don't know if I'm ready for that.

But we just want to say, Chris,

welcome to our family.

- Cheers.

- Cheers.

- Doug.

- Yeah.

Well, I -- I am Doug Sandburg.

I am Chris's dad.

And, uh, first, we'd Iike to thank

Dave and Sarah

for everything they've done

for this wonderful event.

Uh, Chris has chosen his in-laws well.

He's a smart man.

Not to mention...

Well, what can we say about Celeste?

From the very first time we met her,

we knew.

We could all...

just tell that she fit--

that she belonged in this--

with us-- all of us.


I'm sorry.

What I'm trying to say is

how happy we are to have her...

as our new daughter.

To Chris and Celeste.

To Chris and Celeste.



Hi, Julia. How are you?

- Hi.

- It's good to see you.

- You remember Amanda?

- Of course. Hi.

- Hi. Good to see you.

- Good to see you.

- And, uh, her son Dean.

- Hey.


So, did you find a place to Iive yet?

- Oh, yes. Yes.

- Ah.

I'm all settled.

Uh, six weeks now.

I'm renting, but it's-- it's cozy.


I was up in Toronto,

but my firm said

they needed me down here.

Yes, I know. Doug told me you--

How have you found New York?

Uh, now, you'd met Dave

and Sarah before, right?

- No. This is the first time, actually.

- Oh. Uh-huh.

And they're terrific.

It was perfect.

Congratulations, Julia,

about Chris and Celeste.

If you're half as excited as Doug is...

Oh, I am. I am.


Thank you.


Yeah, that's right.

Hey. I never saw you come in.

Oh, I-I-I was late. Sorry.

Did you get a chance to say hello

to Celeste's parents?

They seem terrific.

How about Celeste?

Mom, can you go back inside

and say hi to Celeste?

Iet her introduce you to her parents.

Ill write them a nice note.


At least say you're happy for us.

I am happy for you.

Can I go home now?



Yeah. The... hinge

is sitting too deep.

Oh. Okay.

I gotta go to the shop over the weekend

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David Auburn

David Auburn (born November 30, 1969) is an American playwright. His play Proof won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Auburn also writes screenplays, writing The Lake House, and directs both film and stage plays. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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