loading

1-866-598-8449

Customer Service available Mon - Fri 9am to 9pm EST Sat & Sun 1pm to 8pm EST

Ohio State Murders - Full Length Play, Drama

Ohio State Murders

Adrienne Kennedy

Customer Rating: starstarstarstarstar (Rate this!)

Full Length Play, Drama

2m, 4f

ISBN: 9780573662355

Ohio State Murders portrays Suzanne Alexander, a fictional African American writer whose life both is, and is not, like her author's.

More Information Below:

Description | Characters | Rental Materials | Author | Reviews
$8.95
: Acting Edition
$17.95
: Large Print
$19.95
: Stage Manager

Minimum Fee: $75 per performance


Description

Full Length Play

Drama

Mystery/Thriller

75 Minutes

Time Period - Present Day, 1950s

Settings Of Play - The present. Night.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

No intermission

Monologues, Scene work, Competition or audition material

Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Period Costumes

CAUTIONS

Intense Adult Themes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult, Senior

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Reader's Theatre, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

Obie, From Off-Broadway

Ohio State Murders portrays Suzanne Alexander, a fictional African American writer whose life both is, and is not, like her author's. When Suzanne enters Ohio State University in 1949, little does she know what the supposed safe haven of academia holds in store. Years later, Suzanne is invited to return to the University to talk about the violence in her writing. A dark mystery unravels. The play is an intriguing, unusual and chilling look at the destructiveness of racism in the U.S.


REVIEWS

"Much of the pleasure of the play derives from Ms. Kennedy’s elliptical narrative form, which generates a good share of old-fashioned, nail-biting suspense." - The New York Times 

"Part murder mystery, part memoir, this one-act drama leads us delicately but intrepidly into an American heart of darkness." - CurtainUp


RELATED ARTICLES ON BREAKING CHARACTER:

8 Plays To Celebrate International Women’s Day!
by Amy Rose Marsh
March 8, 2013


Ohio State Murders was commissioned by the Great Lakes Theater Festival through a grant from the New Works Program of the Ohio Arts Council. The play received its world premiere at the Great Lakes Theater Festival on March 7, 1992. It was directed by Gerald Freedman. The play was subsequently presented Off Broadway by Theatre for a New Audience at The Duke on 42nd Street in New York City on October 27, 2007. It was directed by Evan Yionoulis.
Characters

CASTING

2m, 4f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Multicultural casting, Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

CHORUS SIZE

N/A (Not a musical)

SUZANNE ALEXANDER (1949-1952) – The young writer as a student attending Ohio State from 1949 to 1950
SUZANNE ALEXANDER (Present) – A well-known black writer visiting Ohio State to give a talk on the imagery in her work
DAVID ALEXANDER – A law student she will marry
ROBERT HAMPSHIRE – An English professor at Ohio State
MRS. TYLER – Suzanne’s landlady
VAL – A friend
IRIS ANN – Suzanne’s roommate
MISS DAWSON – Head of the dorm
Rental Materials

MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

Author
Adrienne Kennedy

Adrienne Kennedy

Adrienne Kennedy continues to influence the world through her art. She was the recipient of the 2003 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards, an Obie Award for Lifetime Achievement Award, the Lila Wallace—Reader's Digest Writers' Award and the American Academy of Arts and Letters in Literature Award. She was also granted a Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Writing, awarded ... view full profile

Now Playing
Loading
Producer
City
State
Opening
Closing
Reviews

You May Also Like

See all

Customers Also Bought