Full Length Play
120 minutes (2 hours)
Time Period - Contemporary
Settings Of Play - Southern California. Outside, inside, and around an enormous ballroom build in 1920. It overlooks the sea.
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
Intense Adult Themes, Strong Language
College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
RECOGNITION / AWARDS
Susan Smith Blackburn Prize
Winner! 1999-2000 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize
Fall brings us to a three-week getaway "Swing Camp," where middle-aged married couples like Jill and Dog practice their steps, mingle with other dance enthusiasts, and rekindle the flame. Their teenage daughter Lydia, however, is decidedly not an enthusiast in any sense, preferring scuba classes and sarcasm to the magic of the Shim Sham, shags, and Lindy Hop that have dancers – and their accompanying passions – swirling all around her. Lydia's self-imposed isolation gives way when Mr. Gonzales, her mother's quiet colleague, begins to pay attention to her. She learns to dance; she allows herself to fall in love. When Lydia's dance teacher Gopal reveals Lydia's secret, her family is unexpectedly tested. Ultimately, Lydia and Jill come to realize that leading and following are skills crucial not only to swing dancers, but to mothers and daughters as well.
"[The play] serves up some gentle truths about life, love and what your family is really worth. Seasoned with the music of the 40s and spiced with a little romance, it's a tasty morsel, if not a full meal." – CultureVulture.net
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The world premiere of Fall was produced by Trinity Repertory Company in May 2000.