DUMB is a full length stage play, a two-hander with very brief appearances of two secret service men.
The play is set on Martha’s Vineyard, once associated with the Kennedy family.
It opens with the arrival of a young Harvard graduate at the door of a small house in an extremely isolated part of the island. The door opens and he comes face to face with one of the most iconic women of the 20th century, reputed to have died in 1962. Whether it was suicide or not has never been established. Now, more than twenty years later, she is barely recognisable, and yet …
At first it seems the young man has found her by chance. As the play progresses they strike up a strange relationship and it becomes clear that his mother’s past is inextricably linked to the woman, who it turns out, is not living in such isolation by her own choice, but has been sequestered by force and is not free to leave. After so many years of solitude she sees the young man as her a means for a desperate escape. But such an attempt would put both of them in mortal danger.