Full Length Musical
Time Period - Contemporary
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Unit Set/Multiple Settings, Bare Stage/Simple Set
Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
Strong Language, Mild Adult Themes
High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Professional Theatre, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
RECOGNITION / AWARDS
Obie, From Off-Broadway
Runaways is a collection of songs, dances, and spoken word pieces performed by children who have run away from their homes. Initially created from interviews with homeless children and those in orphanages, Liz Swados weaves songs about personal struggle and the world at large through the eyes of youth in New York City in the 70s. The show blends different musical styles from pop to hip-hop, jazz to reggae, while asking why children can't remain children.
"This blast of undiluted teen spirit... is guaranteed to leave you feeling windblown, hyped up and ready to race through the most torpid summer night." - The New York Times, Read More
"It’s enthralling — a fast and furious, poignant and disturbing 80 minutes." - amNY, Read More
"Elizabeth Swados makes us eavesdrop on the sufferings of children. That sounds ominous but it isn't...The calligraphy of childhood is one of the wonders of nature even when the message it writes is heartbreaking." - The New York Times
"An immensely affecting show." - Newsweek
Runaways premiered at The Public Theater in New York City in February 1978 under the direction of Elizabeth Swados.