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Prayer For My Enemy - Full Length Play, Drama

Prayer For My Enemy

Craig Lucas

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Full Length Play, Drama

3m, 3f

ISBN: 9780573697173

"A newly-minted classic." - The New York Times

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$8.95
: Acting Edition
$17.95
: Large Print
$19.95
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Minimum Fee: $75 per performance


Description

Full Length Play

Drama

Period

105 Minutes

Time Period - New Millennium/21st Century

Settings Of Play - America and Iraq in 2003 and 2004.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Unit Set/Multiple Settings

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

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

From Off-Broadway

In Prayer for my Enemy, two middle-class families in suburban New York State confront their private demons against the public backdrop of the American incursion into Iraq. As their paths cross in ways that are both comic and terrifying, lies and secrets are at last exposed and an honest, hard-earned redemption is achieved for both.

REVIEWS

"A newly-minted classic." - The New York Times 

"...count on Lucas...to put his own stamp on the messy familial and sexual identity issues, exacerbated by a society that fosters substance abuse and alienation." - Curtain Up 

"Playwright Craig Lucas doesn't repeat himself, except in terms of quality. The skill, creativity, humor, ironies and sensitivity that are hallmarks of such other Lucas scripts...are all on display in his triumphant new work." - Talkin' Broadway

Check out these photos from Playwrights Horizons production of Prayer for My Enemy in October 2008.


Prayer for My Enemy premiered at Intiman Theatre in Seattle, WA in July 2007 under the direction of Bartlett Sher.

Characters

CASTING

3m, 3f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Ensemble cast

BILLY NOONE - 20s
TAD VOELKL - 20s
DOLORES ENDLER - around 40
AUSTIN - 50s, Billy’s father
KAREN - 50s, Billy’s mother
MARIANNE - Billy’s sister, slightly older
Videos
  • Prayer for My Enemy interview with Playwrights Horizons cast

Author
Craig Lucas

Craig Lucas

Craig Lucas is a American playwright, screenwriter, theatre director, musical actor, and film director. He is currently Associate Artistic Director at the Intiman Theatre in Seattle.Born on April 30, 1951, and abandoned in a car in Atlanta, Lucas was adopted when he was eight months old by a Pennsylvanian couple. His adoptive family was conservative; his father was an FBI agent and his mother was ... view full profile

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Reviews
Max Bisantz 4/23/2013 12:41 AM
Prayer For My Enemy is a quietly important new American play, proving once again that Craig Lucas is a master of both scope and subtlety. Known for his bold use of interweaving story lines, as evidenced in earlier plays like 1984's Blue Window, Prayer For My Enemy tells the tale of a closeted American soldier, his tumultuous family, and a seemingly unrelated forty-something Manhattanite. As the individual story lines blossom and span the globe, the character's lives become fully interconnected, revealing a pulsating current of anger that undercuts our modern life.

The play is a decidedly toxic look at our current state of affairs. Home life and wartime become interchangeable as the dangers in the Middle East rear their ugly heads as suburban road rage or familial spats. Our main character's spirit is shattered during a phone call between home and Iraq, proving that distance is a fallacy. Over-medication, homosexuality, alcoholism - all the markers of modern American life - come to a head in Prayer for My Enemy, and Lucas leaves only the play's title as a gentle reminder of how to find peace.

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