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Food and Shelter - Full Length Play, Drama

Food and Shelter

Jane Anderson

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Full Length Play, Drama

4m, 2f, 1girl(s)

ISBN: 9780573693144

"Heart wrenching.... Jane Anderson relentlessly presses her point that nothing like the events on stage should be happening in such a wealthy country." - Variety
"Powerful." - San Francisco Examiner Chronicle

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Description

Full Length Play

Drama

105 Minutes

Time Period - Present Day

Settings Of Play - Present day. Act I: Disneyland. Act II: various locations around Hollywood and East Los Angeles.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Cutting Approved for Competition, Monologues, Scene work, Competition or audition material

Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

CAUTIONS

Strong Language

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Reader's Theatre, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

From Off-Broadway

Reduced to living in his car, an unemployed factory worker wins a small lottery prize and treats his family to a day at Disneyland. They hide in the park to spend a night in the Swiss family Robinson tree house. In the morning, frustration turns to violence when Earl cannot even afford an ice cream for his little girl. Though charges are dropped, Earl can no longer cope and he leaves his family. Mother and child struggle to survive. When Earl eventually returns having found a job, his desperate wife has lost the ability to trust and to hope.

"Heart wrenching.... Jane Anderson relentlessly presses her point that nothing like the events on stage should be happening in such a wealthy country." - Variety

"Powerful." - San Francisco Examiner Chronicle

Food and Shleter was first presented at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, in December 1990. It was directed by Joy Carlin. The play was subsequently presented Off Broadway at the Vineyard Theatre in New York City, in May 1991. It was directed by Andre Ernotte.
Characters

CASTING

4m, 2f, 1girl(s)

LOIS - in her mid to late twenties. From the East Coast.
EARL - her husband. In his mid to late twenties, also from the East Coast.
CHRISSIE - their four year-old daughter.
LAMAR - a black man in his twenties to early thirties.
A DISNEYLAND COP/ A CLERK - both these parts can be played by one actor, someone who matches Earl's age.
A LIBRARIAN - a woman in her forties, not necessarily white, and not necessarily American-born.

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 & Shelter, ... view full profile

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