In Under The Conditions, Alton’s inner conflict gets revealed when he makes the real time decision to have his daughter live with him.
ALTON: It is for the better. Look at me! I stopped using drugs, I have a good career, I own this lovely property and I have many good people I care about that I can call dear friends.
It’s taken me forever to get to this point and only you can imagine what I must have gone through to get here on my own but I did Jane, I did, so give me some credit for once in your life cause I deserve it.
And if I’m going to take on our daughter, which is completely unexpected, well then I do have the right to refuse, but I haven’t and I haven’t because in my heart I’ve decided that it’s about time I’m there for that kid the way she needs me to be…it’s my brain that’s catching up, it’s my logic and yes selfishness that gives me conflict but my heart’s made up and I want nothing more than to be able to spend time with our daughter and get to know her and bond with her because well, I never thought I’d get the chance and here it is…a long time ago I accepted the notion that it would never happen for me, that I would never be a father in the traditional sense, whatever that means but she’s here…and I’m wiling to take this on…let me.
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In the one act eplay Under The Conditions, divorced parents Jane and Alton are meeting after not seeing one another for several years because their teenage daughter Alyssa wishes to live with her father. 1 Woman, 1 Man. Light Drama.