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Trying - Full Length Play, Drama

Trying

Joanna McClelland Glass

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Full Length Play, Drama

1m, 1f

ISBN: 9780573662812

"Comic and touching." - The New York Times

"Trying is a portrait of generational reconciliation. It is enormously bracing theatre." - New York Daily News

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$9.95
: Acting Edition

Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Description

Full Length Play

Drama

Period

Time Period - 1960s

Settings Of Play - Georgetown, Washington, D.C. November, 1967.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Interior Set

Period Costumes

PERFORMANCE GROUP

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

Trying is a two-character play based on the author's experience during 1967-1968 when she worked for Francis Biddle at his home in Washington, D.C. Judge Biddle had been Attorney General of the United States under Franklin Roosevelt. After the war, President Truman named him Chief Judge of the American Military Tribunal at Nuremberg. The play is about a young Canadian girl and an old, Philadelphia aristocrat, "trying" to understand each other in what Biddle knows is the final year of his life.

REVIEWS

"Comic and touching. " - The New York Times

"Trying is a portrait of generational reconciliation. It is enormously bracing theatre." - New York Daily News

"Trying is a beautifully written, delicate and engaging two-hander." - Toronto Globe and Mail

"Unquestionably a Pulitzer Prize contender." - Chicago Sun-Times

"The number one rated show in New York." - Zagat Theater Survey

"Exquisitely literate, moving and compelling." - Variety


Trying premiered at Victory Gardens Theatre in Chicago Illinois in March 2004 under the direction of Sandy Shinner.

Characters

CASTING

1m, 1f

JUDGE BIDDLE - An eighty-one year old, once brilliant man who was Attorney General of the United States under Franklin Roosevelt.  After a long and illustrious career he now functions, as he says, “somewhere between lucidity and senility”. He is the aristocratic scion of an old, Main Line Philadelphia family.
SARAH SCHORR - A twenty-fi ve year old girl who has been hired, by Mrs. Biddle, to be the judge’s secretary. She is a direct, plain-spoken, pleasant girl, originally from the prairie province of Saskatchewan.
Author

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Reviews
Lynne Jamieson 1/13/2016 9:24 PM
A wonderful Canadian two-hander.  I have seen it twice and enjoyed two very different interpretations of this well written script.  We are looking forward to doing it at the Guild.

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