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Insurrection: Holding History - Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

Insurrection: Holding History

Robert O'Hara

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

5m, 4f

ISBN: 9780822217718

"INSURRECTION: HOLDING HISTORY is a wild, thrilling ride down one of h…

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Full Length Play

Dramatic Comedy

Fantasy, Adventure, Period

90 minutes

Time Period - Contemporary, 19th Century


No intermission, Stage Combat

Unit Set/Multiple Settings, Bare Stage/Simple Set, Opportunity for Spectacle

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Period Costumes


Strong Language, Nudity/Partial Nudity


Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)


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


From Off-Broadway

"INSURRECTION: HOLDING HISTORY is a wild, thrilling ride down one of history's darkest, scariest corridors. Robert O'Hara employs a language of wicked wit, of deliberate and immensely provocative outrageousness to speak to a vast, bloody, unapproachable outrage. He shatters the funereal hush that usually surrounds the representation of atrocity and holocaust, in the process waking his audience up. He knocks us out of the respectful, repetition-dulled stupor with which we are accustomed to contemplate slavery, eschewing and, even better, savaging all clichés. Through comedy, poetry and pure chutzpah, he teaches us all over again how to be truly frightened and appalled. This is a gorgeous, fresh and vital play from a very exciting playwright." —Tony Kushner.

"…bold, intimate and outrageous. It is as dangerous and daring as it is playful and knowing. Robert O'Hara's voice is unique and overflowing with theatrical invention." —George C. Wolfe. "Extraordinarily, vastly entertaining, fearlessly free and off-the-wall and yet deeply meaningful, Robert O'Hara's INSURRECTION is one of the most amazing new plays in recent years." —San Francisco Post. "…one seriously hilarious and hilariously serious play…remarkably exciting, deeply provocative, comically profound…" —San Francisco Examiner. "…[a] time-bending comic fantasia…toying with accepted notions about history, race and sexual identity…" —NY Times.



5m, 4f


Ensemble cast, Flexible casting, Multicultural casting, Room for Extras, Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)

Robert O'Hara

Robert O'Hara

Robert O'Hara has received the NAACP Best Director Award, the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding New Play, the OBIE, and the Oppenheimer Award. He directed the World Premieres of Tarell McCraney's Brother/Sister Plays (Part 2), Colman Domingo's Wild with Happy, and his own plays, BootyCandy and Insurrection: Holding History. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at NYU/TISCH School of the Arts and ... view full profile

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