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Runaways - Full Length Musical, Drama

Runaways

Elizabeth Swados

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Full Length Musical, Drama

11m, 9f

ISBN: 9780573680977

Book, Lyrics, and Music by Elizabeth Swados
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Description

Full Length Musical

Drama

90 minutes

Time Period - Contemporary

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Unit Set/Multiple Settings, Bare Stage/Simple Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

CAUTIONS

Strong Language, Mild Adult Themes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult

PERFORMANCE GROUP

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.

REVIEWS

"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.

Characters

CASTING

11m, 9f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Ensemble cast, Multicultural casting

CASTING NOTES

Cast includes children of various ages

CHORUS SIZE

Medium

HUBBELL
INTERPRETER
A.J.
JACKIE
LIDIA
MELINDA
NIKKI KAY KANE
MANNY
EDDIE
SUNDAR
ROBY
LAZAR
ERIC
IGGY
DEIDRE
EZ
LUIS
MEX-MONGO
JANE
MOCHA
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SIZE OF ORCHESTRA

Small/Combo

MUSICAL STYLE

Pop/Rock

VOCAL DEMANDS

Moderate

Piano/Conductor’s Score (and Toy Piano)
Reed I (Alto Saxophone and Soprano Saxophone or Bb Clarinet)
Reed II (Flute, Tenor Saxophone)
Trumpet/Flugelhorn I
Trumpet/Flugelhorn II
Percussion (Congas, Tambourine, Cow Bells, etc.)
Drums
String Bass
Guitar
20 Chorus Books
Song Samples

Where Do People Go?

Every Now And Then

Minnesota Strip / Song of a Child

Find Me A Hero

The Undiscovered Son

No Lullabies for Luis

We Are Not Strangers

The Basketball Song

Let Me Be A Kid

Revenge Song - Enterprise

Lullaby from Baby to Baby

Where are Those People Who Did Hair

Videos
  • Cast of the Encores! production of Runaways

  • More from the cast of the Encores! production of Runaways

  • Runaways

  • Behind the scenes of Encores! Runaways

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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