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Women On Fire - Full Length Play

Women On Fire

Irene O'Garden

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Full Length Play

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ISBN: 9780573603181

"Bewitching ... astounding ... heartbreaking." - The New York Times
From ad exec to Midwest mom to care-giver to construction worker, each character is on fire in her own way - with passion, fear, self-discovery, even shopping! Exploring the breadth of women's issues with humor and wisdom, the monologues offer excellent roles for one or more mature actresses.

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Description

Full Length Play

90 minutes

Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day

Settings Of Play - Bare stage, chair, tiny costume changes (scarf, glasses) for solo performer or contemporary costume for multiple performers.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Local Celebrity Cameo, No intermission

Monologues

Bare Stage/Simple Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

CAUTIONS

Alcohol, Strong Language, Smoking

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult, Senior

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Professional Theatre, Reader's Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Large Stage

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

From Off-Broadway

Nominated! 2004 Lucille Lortel Award, Outstanding Solo Show
This evening of twelve emotionally charged monologues starred Judith Ivey Off Broadway, where its run was extended twice. From ad exec to Midwest mom to care-giver to construction worker, each character is on fire in her own way - with passion, fear, self-discovery, even shopping! Exploring the breadth of women's issues with humor and wisdom, the monologues offer excellent roles for one or more mature actresses. Women on Fire earned the highest rating for audience satisfaction from the Wall Street Journal/Zagat Theatre Survey.

"Bewitching ... astounding ... heartbreaking." - The New York Times

"Heartwarming, riveting drama." - NYTheatre.com

"Fresh, spirited ... plumbing the secret depths of ordinary women." - Backstage

"Hot pick." - New York Post

Women On Fire was originally developed and produced by Cherry Lane Theatre, under artistic director Angelina Fiordellisi, and opened Off-Broadway at The Cherry Lane Studio Theatre in New York City on October 14, 2003. The production moved to The Cherry Lane Theatre's main stage on November 19, 2003. It was directed by Mary B. Robinson.
Characters

CASTING

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CASTING ATTRIBUTES

All Female, Expandable casting

CASTING NOTES

Can be cast with 12 females.

TRUDE - tough Brooklyn photographer, 50s
FERN (Hearth) - hefty Midwestern housewife, late 50s, early 60s
EILEEN (Coal Stove)- Boston Irish, of great endurance, 40s to 50s, rich lilt
CLOVER (Conflagration) - advertising exec, tough, crude, and brilliant, 50s
LYDIA (Smolder) - dying manipulative Southern mother
MIRlAM (Incinerator) - animated, Jewish, Westchester clotheshorse, of "a certain age"
ELIZABETH (Embers)- feisty New England fighter, stroke survivor, 60s
RITA (Campfire) - musician, of great honesty, late 40s
ZATZ (Wildfire) - edgy city kid, early 20sthough seems younger
KALISHA (Kiln) - powerful black woman, physically strong, 20s to early 30s
AUDREY (Firestorm) - passionate professor, 40s
JORDY (Fireworks) - deeply delighted Appalachian dancer, 90s
Rental Materials

MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

Author
Irene O'Garden

Irene O'Garden

Irene O'Garden is included in Who’s Who of American Women, Who’s Who in America, and Who’s Who in the World. Ms. O’Garden’s critically acclaimed play, Women On Fire, starring Judith Ivey, was twice extended and played to sold-out houses Off Broadway at the Cherry Lane Theatre. It was nominated for a Lucille Lortel Award for Best Solo Show, and is published by Samuel French. Two of its ... view full profile

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Reviews
Holly Roush 9/2/2014 10:32 AM
Such a need for strong female shows, especially "of a certain age," and it is a such a disappointment when a show has such potential and falls short.  Characters are nothing special-rather sad stereotypes of pathetic-ness.  Nothing is actually said-things are "referred to" but no real statements are made.  Show is disjointed.  Nothing in common with these characters other than the way they talk around a situation.  Too bad.

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