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Red Sneaks, The - Full Length Musical, Drama

Red Sneaks, The

Elizabeth Swados

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Full Length Musical, Drama

4m, 4f

ISBN: 9780573692758

Book, Lyrics, and Music by Elizabeth Swados
"The most refreshing thing about The Red Sneaks ... is the chance to hear youths rather than adults talk about the nightmarish pressures of urban life." - The New York Times

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Description

Full Length Musical

Drama

Adaptations (Literature)

Time Period - Present Day

Settings Of Play - Burned out tenement building.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)

PERFORMANCE GROUP

High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Professional Theatre, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

From Off-Broadway

This free wheeling contemporary musical for teens is a loose adaptation of the The Red Shoes, transposed to today's urban jungle. The allegorical montage of songs, scenes and monologues centers around a welfare hotel resident who is persuaded by a mysterious young drifter to accept a pair of glittery red sneakers. Whoever is wearing them may wish for anything-- and every wish comes true, but the easy way out turns out to be a fast trip to an early death.

REVIEWS

"The most refreshing thing about The Red Sneaks ... is the chance to hear youths rather than adults talk about the nightmarish pressures of urban life." - The New York Times

"Remarkably clear, unsentimental and disturbing.... A gritty little musical that combines pop and rock with more traditional musical comedy." - Associated Press

"A most effective contemporary morality play.... The music has real gusto." - New York Post


The Red Snaeaks premiered at Theatre for a New Audience in New York in June 1989 under the direction of Elizabeth Swados.

Characters

CASTING

4m, 4f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Features Teens

SHAWN - the devil, slick, sly, humorous, but capable of danger. Good dancer.
DEDRE - innocent, lonely, wanting love and excitement, basically a helpless soul. Good dancer.
SHUN - the boyfriend, handsome, very hip, good dancer and singer
KENNY - cute commercial type, precocious, small and blond.
RAQUEL - strong, sarcastic, and wise.
VALERIE - young, good dancer.
JAMES - smart, bitter, aloof, a streak of meannes
TERESINA - tough, spohisticated, wirey
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SIZE OF ORCHESTRA

Piano Only

MUSICAL STYLE

Pop/Rock

10 Keyboard/Vocal Scores
Author
Elizabeth Swados

Elizabeth Swados

Elizabeth Swados has composed, written, and directed over 30 theater pieces including The Trilogy, The Red Sneaks, Nightclub Cantata, Runaways, Alice in Concert, Doonesbury, Rap Master Ronnie,The Haggadah, Jewish Girlz, Jonah, Job, Esther, Jerusalem (with Yehudah Amichai), The 49 Years, and Missionaries. Her work has been performed at The Flea Theater, La MaMa, The Public Theater, Manhattan ... view full profile

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