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General from America, The - Full Length Play, Drama

General from America, The

Richard Nelson

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Full Length Play, Drama

11m, 3f

ISBN: 9780573628597

"Takes a Shakespearean approach to Arnold's character.... Exploring the human complexity behind such a reductive term as "traitor", it exposes the puritanical hypocrisy and corruption that marched beside the heralded courage of our national beginnings" - The Village Voice

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$8.95
: Acting Edition

Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Description

Full Length Play

Drama

Docudrama/Historic

120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - 18th Century

Settings Of Play - Several locations along the East Coast, 1779

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Unit Set/Multiple Settings, Bare Stage/Simple Set

Period Costumes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)

PERFORMANCE GROUP

High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Large Stage

The Tony award-winning playwright for James Joyce's The Dead draws an iconoclastic portrait of America's quintessential traitor, Benedict Arnold. The focus is on how and why a military hero who nearly gave his life for the cause of American freedom ended up disclosing vital information to the British. The circumstances necessarily reveal some of the founding fathers' less than heroic machinations. First produced the Royal Shakespeare Company and in Houston and New York by The Alley Theatre, this is a rewarding look at intrigue in American history.

REVIEWS

"Takes a Shakespearean approach to Arnold's character.... Exploring the human complexity behind such a reductive term as traitor", it exposes the puritanical hypocrisy and corruption that marched beside the heralded courage of our national beginnings."- The Village Voice

"Doesn't invite you to either admire [Arnold] or to despise him. It simply says these are the circumstances that sometimes produce the most extraordinary and contradictory forms of human behavior."- The Christian Science Monitor 

"While Nelson's savvy play...is very much a historical drama, it's also brimming with anachronistic referents to British conceptions of the New World personality -- and vice versa." - Chicago Tribune


The General from America premiered at the Royal Shakespeare Company in July 1996 under the direction of Howard Davies.

Characters

CASTING

11m, 3f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Room for Extras

The Arnolds:
BENEDICT ARNOLD
PEGGY - his wife
HANNAH - his sister

The British:
SIR HENRY CLINTON - commander-in-chief of the British Army in North Amreica
JOHN ANDRE - a major
STEPHEN KEMBLE - a major, head of the British secret service
LADY CLINTON - Sir Henry's wife

The Americans:
GEORGE WASHINGTON - commander-in-chief of the Continental Army 
ALEXANDER HAMILTON - his aide-de-camp
JOSEPH REED - president of Pennsylvania
TIMOTHY MATLACK - secretaryof the Committee of Pennsylvania

The Others:
VAN WART - a skinner
PAULING - a skinner
ROBINSON - a loyalist

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