Time Period - 1960s
Settings Of Play - The United States Army, 1965 - 1967
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Unit Set/Multiple Settings
Alcohol, Drugs, Gun Shots, Intense Adult Themes, Strong Language
College Theatre / Student, Professional Theatre, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
RECOGNITION / AWARDS
Winner! 1971 Drama Desk Award for Most Promising Playwright
On Broadway with Al Pacino in the title role, this drama continues the series of "Vietnam Plays" by the author of Sticks and Bones and Streamers. A born loser gets drafted into the Army. Pavlo is not very bright. He gets high, then drag races into a cop car. His fecklessness antagonizes his superiors and gets him beaten by his bunk mates. Pavlo next tries suicide with 100 aspirins, but even at this he is unsuccessful. Oblivious, Pavlo marches to war and meets his ultimate, preordained destiny: death.
"Pavlo Hummel is an abstracted existentialist scream of pain at the horror of war and the nearness of death...An abrasive, honest play well worth seeing." - The New York Times
"It's one of the most moving pieces of theatre I've seen." - WABC TV
The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel premiered at The Public Theatre in May 1971 under the direction of Jeff Bleckner.