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Full Length Play

Comedy

Back Story is a two-character play written in 19 scenes by 18 playwrights. Back Story illuminates various episodes in the young lives of Ainsley and Ethan Belcher. When Ethan is born in the worst blizzard of the century, his 2-year-old sister, Ainsley, nearly sacrifices a toe trying to clear a path for the baby's arrival. That initial gesture of devotion blossoms into a tale of sibling loyalty, rivalry and love that spans two decades. Inspired by Joan Ackermann's narrative Back Story, each of the 18 playwrights in this collective creation puts a distinctive spin on Ainsley's and Ethan's amusing and poignant struggles with life, each other, and the phantom dad who left them for the wilds of Alaska. Unit set. Approximate running time: 90 minutes. Time to Think, Joan Ackerman Good Morning to the Horse, Craig Lucas What Became of the Polar Bear, Mayo Simon The Reluctant Instrument, Neena Beber Ethan's Got Get, Edwin Sánchez Trying to Get There, Edwardo Machado Maid of Athens, David Rambo Moby Ethan at the Sculptor's Museum, Constance Congdon Turn Down, Shirley Lauro Misadventure, Donald Margulies Something To Do With Bolivia, Jon Klein Or Maybe Not, Adele Edling Shank Dead Men Make No Dollars, Val Smith The Deal, Jane Martin Blackfish, Courtney Baron Star Skating, John Olive Barbara Live at Canyon Ranch, Tanya Palmer Introducing Dad, Susan Miller Norman Rockwell's Thanksgiving in the Year 2000, Joan Ackermann
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CASTING ATTRIBUTES

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Author(s)
Neena Beber

Neena Beber

Neena Beber’s plays include Jump/Cut, The Dew Point, Tomorrowland, and A Common Vision, all published by Samuel French; her one-act Misreadings premiered at the Humana Festival and has been produced around the world. Recipient of an Obie Grant, a Weissberger Award, a MacDowell Colony Fellowship, an A.S.K. Exchange to The Royal Court Theatre in London, a Sloan Commission from Cleveland Playhouse, ... view full profile

Shirley Lauro

Shirley Lauro

Shirley Lauro’s The Radiant enjoyed its World Premiere in March, 2011, at New Theatre, Miami, starring Angelica Torn as Marie Curie. The play will mark its New York off-Broadway premiere in winter, 2013. All Through the Night enjoyed its World Premiere in Chicago, receiving a Jeff Nomination, as “Best New Play of the Year," with subsequent productions at Red Fern Theater (off-Broadway), The Living ... view full profile

Craig Lucas

Craig Lucas

Craig Lucas is a American playwright, screenwriter, theatre director, musical actor, and film director. He is currently Associate Artistic Director at the Intiman Theatre in Seattle.Born on April 30, 1951, and abandoned in a car in Atlanta, Lucas was adopted when he was eight months old by a Pennsylvanian couple. His adoptive family was conservative; his father was an FBI agent and his mother was ... view full profile

Jane Martin

Jane Martin, a Kentuckian, first came to national attention for Talking With, a collection of monologues premiering in Actors Theatre of Louisville’s 1982 Humana Festival of New American Plays. Since its New York premiere at Manhattan Theatre Club in 1982, Talking With has been performed around the world, winning the Best Foreign Play of the Year Award in Germany from Theatre Heute magazine. Her ... view full profile

John Olive

John Olive

John Olive is a widely produced and award-winning playwright, the author of Minnesota Moon, Clara's Play, Standing On My Knees, The Voice of the Prairie, Careless Love, Killers, The Summer Moon, Evelyn and the Polka King, God Fire, Into the Moonlight Valley, and many others. Producing theaters include: the Guthrie Theater, Manhattan Theatre Club, Steppenwolf, Actors Theatre of Louisville, South ... view full profile

Constance Congdon

Constance Congdon

Constance Congdon has been called "one of the best playwrights our country and our language has ever produced" by playwright Tony Kushner in Kushner's introduction to her collection Tales of the Lost Formicans and Other Plays. In addition to Tales of the Lost Formicans, which has had more than 200 productions world-wide, Ms. Congdon's plays include Casanova and Dog Opera, both produced at the ... view full profile

Eduardo Machado

Eduardo Machado

Eduardo Machado was born in Cuba and came to the United States when he was eight. He grew up in Los Angeles. He is the author of over forty plays. They include The Floating Island Plays, Once Removed, Stevie Wants To Play The Blues, A Burning Beach, Havana Is Waiting, and The Cook. They have been produced at many major regional theaters, as well as in Europe and Off-Broadway, including among ... view full profile

Joan Ackermann

Joan Ackermann

Joan Ackermann is a playwright, journalist, and screenwriter. Over a dozen of her plays have been published and produced around the country, and her adaptation of her play Off the Map was released as a feature film directed by Campbell Scott. Joan is the cofounder and Artistic Director of Mixed Company, a twenty-five-year-old theater in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. A Special Contributor to ... view full profile

Courtney Baron

Courtney Baron

COURTNEY BARON Plays include: Consumption, commissioned by and produced at the Guthrie Theatre, Minneapolis; Not Our Last Hurrah, produced as part of the Australia Project at the Kraine Theatre, NYC; These Three Here, produced at Actors Theatre of Louisville and as part of the 24-Hour Plays, NYC; Earlstreetman as part of the Larson Project at New York Theatre Workshop and at the 2003 O'Neill ... view full profile

Tanya Palmer

Tanya Palmer

Tanya Palmer is a playwright and dramaturg. Her plays, which include Body Talk, Fatherland, Barbra Live at Canyon Ranch, Spring and Trash, have been workshopped and/or produced at Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Hangar Theatre, Solar Stage and the Montreal Fringe Festival, The Harbourfront Centre, HERE and The Wilton Project, and published by Smith & Kraus, Samuel French, and Playscripts, ... view full profile

Susan Miller

Susan Miller

Susan Miller is the recipient of two OBIE awards and a Guggenheim Fellowship in playwriting. Her play, A Map Of Doubt And Rescue, won the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and the Pinter Prize for Drama. It was done in workshop by New York Stage and Film at Vassar and the Ojai Playwrights Conference. Ms. Miller received an OBIE, as well as the shared 1994/95 Blackburn Prize, for her critically acclaimed ... view full profile

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