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Stranger (Lucas) - Full Length Play, Drama

Stranger (Lucas)

Craig Lucas

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Full Length Play, Drama

2m, 2f

ISBN: 9780573602788

Two strangers sit side by side on a night flight across the United States. Gradually, each reveals things they have never spoken about before: Linda is terrified of flying and traveling with a great deal of cash as well as enough pills to kill herself; Hush has just been released from a maximum secu…

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Description

Full Length Play

Drama

Mystery/Thriller

105 Minutes

Time Period - Contemporary

Settings Of Play - Stranger takes place on a flight from Philadelphia to Seattle and in a remote cabin in the Pacific Northwest. Other scenes, remembered, are also seen--an apartment in Portland, Oregon, a cabin in Coburn, Pennsylvania, a jail cell in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. 

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

CAUTIONS

Mild Adult Themes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult

PERFORMANCE GROUP

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

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

From Off-Broadway

Two strangers sit side by side on a night flight across the United States. Gradually, each reveals things they have never spoken about before: Linda is terrified of flying and traveling with a great deal of cash as well as enough pills to kill herself; Hush has just been released from a maximum security prison after serving fifteen years for kidnaping a young girl and keeping her alive inside a trunk for over a year. An alliance grows based on the shocking aspects of their personal histories. They end up together in a crude cabin in the middle of nowhere at night. Here they learn things about themselves and each other that change their lives irrevocably. A mystery, a tragedy, a love story, a requiem, and a jaw dropping shocker, Stranger is not suitable for bedtime reading.

"Even more bravely the ever-questing author of ''Prelude to a Kiss'' and 'The Dying Gaul' here presents an extreme portrait of a couple that suggests that at the heart of all relationships are the urges to torture and be hurt. Whatever role you chose, it seems, there is fear and loathing in love, much of it self-directed." - New York Times

"Stranger is a behind the headlines thriller with a sociological subtext...a gripping, edge-of-the-seat experience." - Curtain Up

"'Stranger' picks up where 'The Dying Gaul' left off. The question it asks is this: when you’ve suffered inexplicable cruelty, how do you continue to live without being consumed by bitterness and a desire for revenge? Ever the nimble theater artist, Lucas embeds this inquiry into a deceptively simple plot." - Don Shewey 

Stranger premiered at The Vineyard Theatre in New York City in 2000. 
Characters

CASTING

2m, 2f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Reduced casting (Doubling Possible), Expandable casting, Flexible casting, Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle), Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

CHORUS SIZE

N/A (Not a musical)

HUSH - 40's
LINDA - 30's  
STEWARDESS/LINDA'S MOM/DIANE
STEWARD/FRANK/PATO/VOICE OF THE CAPTAIN 
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MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

Author
Craig Lucas

Craig Lucas

Craig Lucas is a American playwright, screenwriter, theatre director, musical actor, and film director. He is currently Associate Artistic Director at the Intiman Theatre in Seattle.Born on April 30, 1951, and abandoned in a car in Atlanta, Lucas was adopted when he was eight months old by a Pennsylvanian couple. His adoptive family was conservative; his father was an FBI agent and his mother was ... view full profile

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