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We Are Not These Hands - Full Length Play, Comedy

We Are Not These Hands

Sheila Callaghan

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Full Length Play, Comedy

1m, 2f

ISBN: 9780573696695

"Bold and engaging, We Are Not These Hands is as fun as it is engaging...Rich in detail and full of humor and pathos." – Oakland Tribune
"Swaggering eccentricity...Callaghan takes a lavish mud bath in a broken language...Ripe apocalyptic slang; at its best, it's racy and unrefined, the kind of stuff you might imagine kids in the back alleys of a decaying world might sling around." – The Washington Post

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Description

Full Length Play

Comedy

Adventure

90 minutes

Time Period - Contemporary

FEATURES / CONTAINS

No intermission

Scene work

Bare Stage/Simple Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

CAUTIONS

Strong Language, Mild Adult Themes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Professional Theatre, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Sheila Callaghan is the 2007 recipient of the Whiting Award for Drama
Ever since their school blew up, Moth and Belly have taken to stalking an illegal internet café in the hopes of one day being allowed in. They take particular interest in Leather, a skittish older man doing research in the café.

Leather is a self-proclaimed "freelance scholar" from a foreign land with a sketchy past and a sticky secret. Leather begins to fall head over heals in love with Moth... but what about Belly? This play explores the effects of rampant capitalism on a country that is ill-prepared for it.


REVIEWS:

"Bold and engaging, We Are Not These Hands is as fun as it is engaging...Rich in detail and full of humor and pathos. – Oakland Tribune

"Swaggering eccentricity...Callaghan takes a lavish mud bath in a broken language...Ripe apocalyptic slang; at its best, it's racy and unrefined, the kind of stuff you might imagine kids in the back alleys of a decaying world might sling around." – The Washington Post

"The gap between rich and poor yawns so wide it aches in Sheila Callaghan's We Are Not These Hands, but much of the ache is from laughter. Hands is a comically engaging, subversively penetrating look at the human cost of unbridled capitalism on both sides of the river...the anger of the play's social vision is partly concealed by its copious humor, emerging more forcefully after it's over...Hands bristles with bright, comic originality, particularly in depicting the limitations of its people." – San Francisco Chronicle


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We Are Not These Hands was commissioned by Eye of the Storm Theatre in Minneapolis, Minnesota; developed by Soho Rep in New York City; and workshopped by PlayPenn in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The play was first presented by Crowded Fire Theatre with support from The Playwrights Foundation in Berkley, California, in July 2006.

Characters

CASTING

1m, 2f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Features Teens

BELLY – Young woman, early teens (15 years), tough, hard, street-smart, incredibly dirty
MOTH – Young woman, early teens (15 years), bright, sweet, a little bit manipulative
LEATHER – Man, age 35-45, manic and odd
Author
Sheila Callaghan

Sheila Callaghan

Sheila Callaghan's plays have been produced and developed with Soho Rep, Playwright's Horizons, Yale Rep, South Coast Repertory, Clubbed Thumb, The LARK, Actor's Theatre of Louisville, New Georges, The Flea, Woolly Mammoth, Boston Court, and Rattlestick Playwright's Theatre, among others. Sheila is the recipient of the Princess Grace Award for emerging artists, a Jerome Fellowship from the ... view full profile

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