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Picture Ourselves in Latvia - Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

Picture Ourselves in Latvia

Ross Howard

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Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

4m, 2f

ISBN: 9780573110542

A contemporary comedy on contemporary England.  Desires are suppressed and aspirations thwarted for both the staff and patients of a psychiatric ward. Rank and rule clash with what the heart and mind want in this environment of division and distraction.

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Description

Full Length Play

Dramatic Comedy

Time Period - New Millennium/21st Century

Settings Of Play - A psychiatric ward in England.

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Interior Set

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult

PERFORMANCE GROUP

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

Named "Best of 2014" by L Magazine

A contemporary comedy on contemporary England. Desires are suppressed and aspirations thwarted for both the staff and patients of a psychiatric ward. Orderly Oliver pines for Margaret Thatcher. Dr Rupert wants Nurse Whitehall who wants Dr Rupert. But Dr Rupert and his wife are trying for a baby and Nurse Whitehall, who is also married, has just returned from maternity leave.  As for the patients, Duncan secretly loves Anna who secretly loves Martin who openly loves no one. Both a love story and a modern allegory of the state, Picture Ourselves in Latvia confronts the impossibility of categorising people as either sane or insane.

REVIEWS

"This play is the real deal: both light and heavy, romantic and cynical, and always bracingly unpredictable ....  It seems like a romantic comedy sometimes, but then this recedes and some kind of dangerous political point emerges like the fin of a shark in the water .... a little miracle" - L Magazine, Read More

"Howard has the mechanics of his craft well in hand. The characters are all drawn consistently, and clearly they have inspired the actors." - TheatreScene.net, Read More 

"Picture Ourselves in Latvia is at times charming, surprising, uncomfortable, hilarious and terrifying .... an extraordinary experience." - Charged FM, Read More 

Billed as a comedy, Picture Ourselves in Latvia, is that, and much, much more.  It is a perceptive study of people and situations and the complications therein.  It is the impossibility of categorizing people as either sane or insane.  It is a love story and a story of human behavior. - See more at: http://www.womanaroundtown.com/sections/playing-around/picture-ourselves-in-latvia#sthash.PrdhQv1H.dpuf

"What is accomplished here with bare bones space and set is nothing short of a miracle. Billed as a comedy, Picture Ourselves in Latvia, is that, and much, much more.  It is a perceptive study of people and situations and the complications therein.  It is the impossibility of categorizing people as either sane or insane.  It is a love story and a story of human behavior." - Woman Around Town, Read More

Billed as a comedy, Picture Ourselves in Latvia, is that, and much, much more.  It is a perceptive study of people and situations and the complications therein.  It is the impossibility of categorizing people as either sane or insane.  It is a love story and a story of human behavior. - See more at: http://www.womanaroundtown.com/sections/playing-around/picture-ourselves-in-latvia#sthash.PrdhQv1H.dpuf

"The characterizations are rich, and Mr Howard’s script, punctuated with absurdist deadpan opportunities, has a promising Monty Pythonesque tone. " - The New York Times, Read More 

First produced by New Light Theater Project at Access Theater, New York City. Directed by Sarah Norris.

Characters

CASTING

4m, 2f

DR. RUPERT – A psychiatrist. Very English.
NURSE WHITEHALL – A nurse.
OLIVER – An orderly.
MARTIN – A patient.
DUNCAN – A patient.
ANNA – A patient. Very Latvian.
Author
Ross Howard

Ross Howard

Ross Howard's work has been seen in London (Theatre 503, Old Vic Tunnels, Upstairs at the Gatehouse, Riverside Studios, Old Red Lion, Park Theatre, Finborough Theatre, Southwark Playhouse), Cork (Cork Arts Centre), Las Vegas (Onyx Theatre), Minneapolis (Pillsbury House Theatre), San Francisco (The Phoenix Theatre), New York City (Cherry Lane Theatre, Clurman Theatre, Access Theater and Urban ... view full profile

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