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Mourners' Bench, The - Full Length Play, Drama

Mourners' Bench, The

George Brant

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Full Length Play, Drama

2m, 4f

ISBN: 9780573702792

An emotional puzzle-play that skips back and forth in time as it tells the story of a living room and its three sets of inhabitants, all struggling to overcome the tragedy that took place within its walls.

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Description

Full Length Play

Drama

90 minutes

Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day, 1990s

Settings Of Play -

A living room. 

FEATURES / CONTAINS

No intermission, Stage Combat

Interior Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

CAUTIONS

Alcohol, Intense Adult Themes, Strong Language

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult

PERFORMANCE GROUP

Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

An emotional puzzle-play that skips back and forth in time as it tells the story of a living room and its three sets of inhabitants, all struggling to overcome the tragedy that took place within its walls.

“Shattering…hypnotic…a poetic, evocative play that manages to pack an emotional punch. Its construction is almost as masterful as its dialogue.” - The Providence Journal

"First-rate...a gleaming gem...haunting." - The Boston Globe

“Remarkable…a breathtaking piece of modern American theater…explosive…a must see.” – The Sun Chronicle

“Powerful...an exquisitely performed sonata…why regional repertory theaters came to exist in the first place.” – Providence Phoenix

“Touchingly humorous…absorbing and thought provoking…will stay in your memory.” – The Woonsocket Call

“Brilliant…seldom does a new play come along that challenges the audience in such a positive, thoughtful way.” – Warwick Beacon

The Mourners' Bench premiered at Trinity Repertory Company, in Providence, Rhode Island in March of 2012, under the direction of Michael Perlman.

Characters

CASTING

2m, 4f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Ensemble cast, Non-Traditional casting, Flexible casting

MELISSA - early 30’s, tightly wound, a survivor

BOBBY - two years younger than Melissa, alcoholic, childish, occasionally maudlin 

WILMA - mid-30’s, a kind woman, feels everything deeply

CAROLINE - early 40’s, direct force of nature, attractive in a severe way

SARAH - late 40’s - early 50’s, deeply in love, glows despite ill health

JOE - 50’s, deeply in love, generous, understanding

All pairs of characters share a common emotional language.

Author
George Brant

George Brant

George Brant’s plays include Grounded, Marie and Rosetta, Elephant’s Graveyard, The Mourners’ Bench, Any Other Name, Salvage, Grizzly Mama, Three Voyages of the Lobotomobile, and Dark Room. An Affiliate Writer at the Playwrights' Center, his scripts have been produced internationally by the Public Theater, the Atlantic Theater Company, Cleveland Play House, the Alley Theatre, Trinity Repertory ... view full profile

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