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Defying Gravity - Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

Defying Gravity

Jane Anderson

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Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

3m, 4f

ISBN: 9780573702198

"Flies high in its attempt to describe man's fascination with space and its conquest.... You will certainly not be bored. " - New York Post
"[A] clever and uplifting fantasy ... [with] ear catching musings about art, religion and the outer limits of human possibility." - The New York Times

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Description

Full Length Play

Dramatic Comedy

Time Period - New Millennium/21st Century, 1980s

Settings Of Play - 1986 and twenty years later.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Monologues, Scene work, Competition or audition material

Exterior Set, Bare Stage/Simple Set

CAUTIONS

Flying, Mild Adult Themes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult

PERFORMANCE GROUP

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

This free structured look at the 1986 Challenger disaster places the teacher who died with six others as they hurtled into space at the center of an exploration of our need to reach beyond ourselves and dare the universe. Defying Gravity artfully interweaves the past with the present and the lives of participants and bystanders, drawing parallels among painter Claude Monet's artistic quest, the zest of the teacher selected to the first civilian astronaut, the perspectives of her grieving daughter, the aspirations of elderly tourists who drive their Winnebago to Florida to watch the space shot and dream of hotels in space, the guilt felt by a NASA mechanic and his girl friend's fear of heights.

"Flies high in its attempt to describe man's fascination with space and its conquest.... You will certainly not be bored. " - New York Post

"[A] clever and uplifting fantasy ... [with] ear catching musings about art, religion and the outer limits of human possibility." - The New York Times

"A lovely piece... It floats gracefully in the big blue yonder of the imagination... letting Anderson's delicate, tender and human attitude toward her characters come through... One by one they rise out of their earthbound selves... to look down on the world from a new perspective." - New York Daily News

Defying Gravity was first presented by Daryl Roth Off-Boadway at The American Place Theater in New York City on November 2, 1997. It was directed by Michael Wilson.


Characters

CASTING

3m, 4f

ELIZABETH - a 5-year-old, played by an adult
TEACHER - her mother
MONET - the painter
C.B. - a mechanic on the NASA ground crew
DONNA - a bartender in a Cocoa beach hang-out, African-American
BETTY & ED - a retired couple in their 60s
Author
Jane Anderson

Jane Anderson

Jane Anderson’s plays have been produced Off-Broadway and in theaters around the country, including Actors Theater of Louisville, Arena Stage, Williamstown, The McCarter Theater, Long Wharf, and The Pasadena Playhouse. Plays include: The Quality of Life  (2008 Ovation Award, Best New Play), Looking for Normal (2001 Ovation Award, Best New Play), The Baby Dance, Defying Gravity, Food & ... view full profile

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Tatiana Szpur 4/23/2013 7:35 AM
Defying Gravity examines the 1986 Space Shuttle Challenger disaster through the experiences of Teacher, who died in the crash, and her daughter Elizabeth. It weaves through time, going from life on the day of the crash to life twenty years after Elizabeth has lost her mother to the incident. The play draws parallels between the past and present, travelling as far back as the nineteenth century in order to allow impressionist painter Claude Monet to discuss his perceptions of the world. Jane Anderson’s free-flowing, stylized drama takes the audience on a journey through history to explore people’s dreams and goals in life. Be it with a paintbrush or a spaceship, humans throughout history have been attempting to defy the limits of gravity and reach for the stars.

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