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Shadow Box, The - Full Length Play, Drama

Shadow Box, The

Michael Cristofer

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Full Length Play, Drama

5m, 4f

ISBN: 9780573616136

Winner! 1977 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
Winner! 1977 Tony Award® for Best Play


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Description

Full Length Play

Drama

Time Period - Contemporary, 1970s

Settings Of Play - The play takes place in three cottages on the grounds of a large hospital.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Cutting Approved for Competition, UIL Approved, Competition or audition material

Interior Set

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult, Senior

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Professional Theatre, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

Tony, Pulitzer, From Broadway

Winner! 1977 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
Winner! 1977 Tony Award® for Best Play
In this compelling dramatic triptych, three terminal cancer patients dwell in separate cottages on a hospital's grounds. The three are attended and visited by family and close friends: Agnes and her mother Felicity, estranged further by the latter's dementia; Brian and Beverly, whose marital complications are exacerbated by Brian's new lover, Mark; and Joe and Maggie, unready for the strain of Joe's impending death and its effect on their teenage son.
"An important, touching and courageous play [...] Triumphantly turns up [...] Cristofer writes with the compassion of the undamned. An extraordinarily good Broadway play with meaty roles for actors." - The New York Times

"Thunders with life." - ABC TV

"By far the finest play of the New York season, beautifully realized drama of sensitive perceptions often as funny as it is moving." - Washington Post

"Extraordinary. An overwhelming emotional experience. Truly startling and in its uncompromising way, very funny." - Boston Globe

The Shadow Box opened on March 31, 1977 at the Morosco Theatre in New York.
Characters

CASTING

5m, 4f

COTTAGE ONE:
JOE
MAGGIE 
STEVE

COTTAGE TWO:
BRIAN
MARK
BEVERLY

COTTAGE THREE:
FELICITY
AGNES

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Other Michael Cristofer titles:

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Reviews
David Horton 5/9/2016 1:55 PM
This was an excellent drama.  Great characters, some intense scenes, good pacing.  The concept of three separate stories about terminally ill patients was very strong and had a great, thought-provoking ending.
Therin Gower 2/3/2016 3:02 PM
This profound play explores a deep topic with humour and affirmation of life. It is brilliantly written, with great parts for an age range of actors. including four wonderful women's parts.

On a practical level, it is great for community theatre groups because most scenes involve only 2 or 3 people, so it is easier to find rehearsal times and venues, and it can be staged with a very minimal set if desired.

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