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Whose Family Values! - Full Length Play, Drama

Whose Family Values!

Richard Abrons

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Full Length Play, Drama

4m, 4f

ISBN: 9780573629693

"Mesmerizing...thought-provoking." - New York Amsterdam News


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$8.95
: Acting Edition
$17.95
: Large Print
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Minimum Fee: $75 per performance


Description

Full Length Play

Drama

90 minutes

Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day

Settings Of Play - Clayton, Missouri, a Suburb of St Louis.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Interior Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

CAUTIONS

Mild Adult Themes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult

PERFORMANCE GROUP

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

Charles Boyd is an ardent anti-abortion activist with ingrained racist attitudes. His eldest son Bruce abhors these views. In fact, his first-hand experiences working with underprivileged young people have deepened his pro-choice stance. He returns home for the first time in twenty years for his brother's wedding and sparks fly, especially when Bruce learns that his father is in contact with a man who is threatening to bomb a Planned Parenthood center and has not called the police. The arrival of Bruce's black girlfriend, an articulate young social worker who has had an abortion and passionately defends her decision, adds another explosive dimension to this exploration of what actions are justified in defense of your beliefs.
"Mesmerizing...thought-provoking." - New York Amsterdam News

“Phillp Rose has staged Abrons' unsettling story with tension, grace, and wit. Together they have fashioned a contemporary social drama along the lines of Odets, offering both sides Of reasoning on the topics being debated. Their ensemble cast works well together, with Rubens as the opinionated patriarch. Hutchison and Coleman as the outspoken interracial couple, and Gammy L. Singer as the family cook giving the most compelling portrayals.” - Backstage

“A highlight is the almost surreal moment when Bruce and the family's cook, Cecelia (the affable Gammy L. Singer), suddenly drop into a playful massa'-slave routine…It's a moment of very smart playwriting, in which an interesting and unexpected bit of human interaction tells us an enormous amount about the characters and those around them.” - Theatermania.com
Produced by the New Federal Theatre, in New York, at the Clurman Theatre.
Characters

CASTING

4m, 4f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Ensemble cast, Multicultural casting

CHORUS SIZE

N/A (Not a musical)

CHARLES BOYD
PATRICIA BOYD, his wife
STEVEN BOYD, younger son
MARY SLADE, Steven's finacee
BRUCE BOYD, older son
CECELIA JOHNSON, the cook
DETECTIVE TURNER
DOREEN GAYNOR

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MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

Author
Richard Abrons

Richard Abrons

Richard Abrons has received productions of his plays in New York and Los Angeles including: The Body Politic (59East59 St. Theater), Three Travelers (Odyssey Theatre), Three Travelers (St. Clements), Whose Family Values (Clurman Theater), Every Day a Visitor (McGinn-Cazale) and The Brothers Berg (Here). Richard has published over twenty short stories and won the National Magazine Fiction Award for ... view full profile

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