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Body Awareness - Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

Body Awareness

Annie Baker

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Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

2m, 2f

ISBN: 9780573663109

Nominee! Outer Critics Circle John Gassner Award

"The deepest and richest of the three plays by Annie Baker that make up the Shirley, VT Plays Festival...Editor's Pick!" - The Boston Globe

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Description

Full Length Play

Dramatic Comedy

90 minutes

Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day

Settings Of Play - A kitchen. A bedroom. A blackboard.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Monologues, Scene work

Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

CAUTIONS

Mild Adult Themes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

From Off-Broadway

Nominee! Outer Critics Circle John Gassner Award
It's "Body Awareness" week on a Vermont college campus and Phyllis, the organizer, and her partner, Joyce, are hosting one of the guest artists in their home, Frank, a photographer famous for his female nude portraits. Both his presence in the home and his chosen subject instigate tension from the start. Phyllis is furious at his depictions, but Joyce is actually rather intrigued by the whole thing, even going so far as to contemplate posing for him. As Joyce and Phyllis bicker, Joyce's adult son, who may or may not have Asperger's Syndrome, struggles to express himself physically with heartbreaking results.

"The deepest and richest of the three plays by Annie Baker that make up the Shirley, VT Plays Festival...Editor's Pick!" - The Boston Globe

"An engaging new comedy by a young playwright with a probing, understated voice...Its quiet rewards steal up on you." - The New York Times

"Sexuality's endless capacity to make us miserable is the keynote of Annie Baker's gentle satire, which takes just four actors and 90 minutes to spin an astonishingly complex web of emotions and ideas...Body Awareness is a smart, modest work about ordinary, flawed people, grasping for connection, but none of it feels small, thanks to Baker's sharp ear for the deeply painful—and funny—longings squirming under her characters' dialogue. What a beautiful start to a young playwright's theatrical body of work." - Time Out New York

"An impressive and occasionally beautiful meditation on the mysteries of being moved." - The New Yorker

"When you're looking around trying to find interesting plays, the first thing you listen for is the truth of the author's voice" - Neil Pepe, Artistic Director, Atlantic Theatre Company

Body Awareness was first presented Off Broadway by the Atlantic Theater Company in New York City in May 2008. It was directed by Karen Kohlhaas.
Characters

CASTING

2m, 2f

CHORUS SIZE

N/A (Not a musical)

JOYCE - 55
JARED - 21, her son
PHYLLIS - 45, her girlfriend
FRANK BONITATIBUS - 59
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MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

Author
Annie Baker

Annie Baker

Annie Baker's full-length plays include The Flick (Playwrights Horizons, OBIE Award for Playwriting, Susan Smith Blackburn Prize), Circle Mirror Transformation (Playwrights Horizons, OBIE Award for Best New American Play, Drama Desk nomination for Best Play), The Aliens (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, OBIE Award for Best New American Play), Body Awareness (Atlantic Theater Company, Drama Desk ... view full profile

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Kyra Reue-Collins 4/13/2016 10:58 AM
David Jarrott 2/23/2016 10:54 AM
Jean-François JOUSSEAUME 1/5/2016 5:24 AM

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