Full Length Play
120 minutes (2 hours)
Time Period - 1940s / WWII
Settings Of Play - The story moves between various locations, in and around London; however, no attempt should be made to define each location fully. The author envisions the entire set as a bombed-out section of the city, piles of rubble and debris strewn widely about. The action amidst the chaos; the characters forced to make room for the scene about the take place. Everything used in the play—chairs, tables, props, articles of clothing— can be found hidden in the debris.
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Monologues, Competition or audition material
Bare Stage/Simple Set
Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)
High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Reader's Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Large Stage
Winner! 1996 Kennedy Center/Fourth Freedom Forum Playwriting Award
Set in England during the Blitz, a number of struggling individuals and families come to terms with war and the horrors and tragedies it provides. This includes Judith, a proud matriarch, who works in a factory that makes bomb detonators, her missing husband, Frank, and their two children, Sheila and John, who are forced to grow up much too quickly. A number of other war-torn individuals are also profiled, each butting heads with the raging war.
A poignant account of female perseverance, Front is appropriate for all audiences.
"As a dramatic evening of theater, Front by Robert Caisley proved to be a huge success with our HS cast and our audience. Set during the London blitz, and focusing mainly on the women left behind during WWII, the play provides wonderful opportunities for character development. Moving, without being sentimental, the play explores the horrors, ambivalence, confusion and humor that people face when confronted with war on their own turf. We doubled roles out of necessity, so actors portrayed multiple characters; and students researched the time period thoroughly. Perhaps one of the best "characters" in our production was the incredibly realistic set that we built. The irony of trying to continue a daily routine amidst total chaos and rubble helped make the production a visual stunner. I highly recommend this play to all HS theater departments." - Laura Hicks, Theater Department, Poughkeepsie Day School
"I think it is a great piece for high school, colleges, community theaters in that it gives opportunities for female actors. It explores a part of World War II that we don't often see portrayed." -- April Olt, Grandview HS.
“The show was fantastic … my family members, colleagues and students were moved to tears (especially with the ‘Interviews with the Dead’ scene, but also the final monologues of Joan and Judith.)” -- Doug Grove, Lower Dauphin School District
Front premiered at Illinois Wesleyan University School of Theatre in
April of 1995. The production was directed by Lori Adams. Front in its current version was produced by the University of Idaho
Department of Theatre in October of 2002. It was directed by the author