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House Of Several Stories - Full Length Play, Dark Comedy

House Of Several Stories

A. John Boulanger

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Full Length Play, Dark Comedy

2m, 3f

ISBN: 9780573700088

"One of the few examples of purely American absurdism...outside of Edward Albee."" - Austin Chronicle
"An examination of dysfunction, perception and misperception, truth and/or lies, with all roadsleading to life's perpetually unanswered question: What is real and true here?" - Austinist.com

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Description

Full Length Play

Dark Comedy

Farce, Mystery/Thriller, Christmas/Holiday, Experimental, Science Fiction

120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - Contemporary

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Interior Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

CAUTIONS

Alcohol, Strong Language, Mild Adult Themes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Reader's Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

KCACTF: Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival New Play,

Winner! 2008 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival National Student Playwriting Award

House of Several Stores, a tragedy in two acts of nonsense, is an absurdist comedy about a dysfunctional family and their Thanksgiving "guests." Bastian returns home for Thanksgiving with news of "joining the service." Mother suggests he join a gym. Bastian's news takes a backseat when his sister, Rissa, suddenly decides that she's pregnant, and though not yet showing, expects to deliver "any minute now". Both children are then bombarded with Mother's news of an older brother that they've never known about, Thom, who has returned home for Thanksgiving from the war. Things are further complicated with the arrival of the mysterious, young Abigail, who has simply stopped by to drop something off--her newborn baby. That is, until she discovers the baby's father might be in the house. The play explores how stories help fill voids in people's lives caused by death, loss and dysfunction.

"One of the few examples of purely American absurdism...outside of Edward Albee."" - Austin Chronicle

"An examination of dysfunction, perception and misperception, truth and/or lies, with all roads leading to life's perpetually unanswered question: What is real and true here?" - Austinist.com

“Boulanger [...] starts with loud chaos, exaggeration and absurdity and gradually endows his characters and story with humanity and depth. ” -​ Austin Live Theatre

Characters

CASTING

2m, 3f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Ensemble cast, Drag performance, Local Celebrity Cameo, Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle), Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle), Parts for Senior Actors

CASTING NOTES

The role of sixteen-year-old Abigail should be played by an actress at least eighteen years of age.

CHORUS SIZE

N/A (Not a musical)

MOTHER - 50s; Sue; warm but absent; never without a cocktail.
BASTIAN - 30s; adopted brother; optimistically suicidal.
RISSA - 30s; sister; skittish; stuck.
THOM - 30s; military; a rugged angel; charming with an edge.
YOUNG WOMAN/ABIGAIL - 16, mysterious and mature.
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MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

Author
A. John  Boulanger

A. John Boulanger

A. John Boulanger is a Texas native, playwright/director, and co-founder of Imagine That Productions. His debut play, House of Several Stories, has been recognized locally and nationally, winning the Michael Kanin National Student Playwriting Award in 2009 and the David Mark Cohen Best New Play Award in 2010. It was produced at the Kennedy Center as part of the American College Theatre Festival ... view full profile

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