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Back Back Back - Full Length Play, Drama

Back Back Back

Itamar Moses

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Full Length Play, Drama

3m

ISBN: 9780573696121

Winner! 2008 Edgerton Foundation New American Plays Award. From the acclaimed writer of The Four of Us and Bach at Leipzig.

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$9.95
: Acting Edition

Minimum Fee: $75 per performance


Description

Full Length Play

Drama

90 minutes

Time Period - Contemporary, New Millennium/21st Century, 1990s, 1980s

Settings Of Play - Various locker rooms, dugouts, press rooms, and other locations around Major League Baseball.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

No intermission

Interior Set, Unit Set/Multiple Settings

CAUTIONS

Strong Language, Mild Adult Themes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult, Senior, Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13), Teen (Age 14 - 18)

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

From Off-Broadway

Winner! 2008 Edgerton Foundation New American Plays Award
Before headlines blazed, before the Mitchell Report and ESPN lit up millions of television screens with the scandals, before congressional jaws dropped, comes the story of three guys making their way in the world of professional baseball – a world too competitive to rely solely on raw talent.

This explosive play from the acclaimed writer of The Four of Us and Bach at Leipzig takes you behind the headlines into the locker room to witness an even more gripping confrontation you didn't see on TV, as these teammates face each other and do battle – for their careers, their legacies, and the future of America's favorite pastime.

Check out additional sports related plays from Samuel French.





REVIEWS

"FIVE STARS. NO ONE PLAYS KING OF THE HILL MORE CRAFTILY THAN ITAMAR MOSES. TAUT, BEAUTIFULLY MODULATED, AND RIVETING, WITH THE BEWILDERING FORCE OF A CURVEBALL PITCH."
– 
Time Out New York

“A riveting spectacle of idolized figures who taint their sport through their own pride and greed.” – The Associated Press

"A very superior piece of work, one of the best new American plays in 2008. Back Back Back never feels like a docudrama, much less a polemic. Instead Mr. Moses has given us a taut, touchingly elegiac study of friendship and betrayal, one whose three characters are creatures of flesh and blood, not historical sock puppets.” – The Wall Street Journal

"Enormously watchable, unpredictable and unpretentiously serious. The stories of injuries, trades and relationships unfold with lively thoughtfulness." – Newsday

"Besides the sheer fun of hearing these guys banter and trash talk, there is an undertow of melancholy to Itamar Moses' pitch-perfect script." – NY1



Back, Back, Back was first presented by the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, CA, in 2008. It was directed by Davis McCallum. The play was subsequently presented Off Broadway by Manhattan Theatre Club in New York City in 2008. It was directed by Daniel Aukin.

Characters

CASTING

3m

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

All Male, Multicultural casting

CHORUS SIZE

N/A (Not a musical)

KENT - a major league baseball player, a slugging infielder, the all-american golden-boy type.
RAUL - another, a slugging outfielder, Hispanic.
ADAM - another, a wiry defensive-virtuoso.

Rental Materials

MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

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Author
Itamar Moses

Itamar Moses

Itamar Moses is the author of the full-length plays Outrage, Bach at Leipzig, Celebrity Row, The Four of Us, Yellowjackets, Back Back Back, and Completeness, the musicals Nobody Loves You (with Gaby Alter), and Fortress of Solitude (with Michael Friedman), and the evening of short plays Love/Stories (or But You Will Get Used to It). His work has appeared Off-Broadway and elsewhere in New York, at ... view full profile

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Reviews
Michael baker 4/16/2016 8:55 AM
So many great movies and plays about Basseball.  This play will definitely add to the list.  

The story is of three players over many years, two stars and one rookie.  We learn early on that the two stars have a secret.  Through the years, they get traded, face slumps, and ultimately face the most difficult confrontation - in the form of a tell-all book by one, and a congressional hearing.

Easy to stage with lighting and minimal sets.

My only two criticisms are: there are several monologues, which to me seemed to interrupt the action and drama.  And much of the dialogue is written to sound very casual and improvisational, which, when performed, might seem like they are trying to be casual and improvisational.  It's always my goal to be faithful to the written word, but the pre-loading of every "like, um, just" makes it more difficult.

I'd love to see this one produced often.  Great for a small theater with a very timely subject.

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