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Spoils of War - Full Length Play, Drama

Spoils of War

Michael Weller

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Full Length Play, Drama

3m, 3f

ISBN: 9780573691065

The author of Loose Ends and Moonchildren dramatizes the desperate attempts of a 16 year-old boy to reconcile his divorced parents, a somber chronicle about disillusionment of people whose hopes and dreams are tainted by the prism of time.

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$8.95
: Acting Edition

Minimum Fee: $75 per performance


Description

Full Length Play

Drama

Period

Time Period - 1950s

Settings Of Play - New York City, the 1950s.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Interior Set

CAUTIONS

Alcohol, Strong Language

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

From Broadway, From Off-Broadway

The author of Loose Ends and Moonchildren dramatizes the desperate attempts of a 16 year-old boy to reconcile his divorced parents, a somber chronicle about disillusionment of people whose hopes and dreams are tainted by the prism of time. The events of the 1950's are explored through the eyes of Martin's parents, radicals who have chosen very different ways to cope with the changed and changing times. Elise is still a bohemian, a rebel without a cause who wants to live for something more than survival. Andrew has dropped back into the system and accepted the conventionality of day-to-day existence. Caught between these irreconcilables, Martin is unable to bring his parents back together but must find and follow his own life path.

REVIEWS

"Mr. Weller finds in one family's disintegration a paradigm of the postwar collapse of liberal idealism. This is without question Mr. Weller's most intelligent play." - The New York Times

"Emotionally charged; a touching, lovely work." - New York Post


Spoils of War premiered off-Broadway at Second Stage Theatre in April 1988 under the direction of Autsin Pendelton. 

Characters

CASTING

3m, 3f

MARTIN - the son, age 16.
ELISE - his mother, late 30s.
ANDREW - his father, early 40s.
PENNY - father's girlfriend, late 20s.
EMMA - mother's friend, late 30s.
LEW - a builder, 20s.
Song Samples

Michael Weller's interview for Dave's Gone By

Author

Michael Weller

Michael Weller studied music composition at Brandeis University, then worked as a jazz pianist before taking his graduate degree in theater at the University of Manchester, England. His best-known plays are Moonchildren, Fishing, Loose Ends and Spoils Of War. His films include Hair and Ragtime and a teleplay of Spoils of War. He co-founded (with Angelina Fiordelissi and Suzanne Brinkley) and ... view full profile

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