Natural Tendency

In Natural Tendency, Romella opens up to her assistant Hammerstead about how she truly feels about her only son Lawrence.

ROMELLA: Oh Hammerstead, let’s be honest. You are more family than that young man will ever be to me. It’s a sense of duty, my duty, as his mother, to give him what he needs, even though he doesn’t deserve one bit of any of my hard earned money. Am I right?


Of course I’m right. There’s nothing of me in him. Whenever we’d spend time together, I’d catch myself staring at him, trying to find one single thing that I could identify as me. It got to the point where I’d deliberately spend more time with him simply because I was frustrated by the fact that I couldn’t detect one piece of myself in him. And I was determined to, so determined but I failed. How does that happen? All that is good and all that is bad within me, doesn’t exist in him, not even a fraction. He’s foreign to me. My only regret is never finding the connection, perhaps if I did, things would have been different. I even tried to influence him, get him to be more like me, who was I kidding but myself. I guess we are who we are, no matter who spawns us.

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Natural Tendency MiniIn this one-act eplay, Romella connects to her assistant Hammerstead about the truth of how she feels in relation to her only son Lawrence.  Both Romella and Hammerstead form a deeper bond from their troubled past.  1 Woman, 1 Man.  Drama.

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