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Tongue of a Bird - Full Length Play, Drama

Tongue of a Bird

Ellen McLaughlin

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Full Length Play, Drama

5f

ISBN: 9780573627071

"Emotionally powerful...and intensely satisfying." - Seattle Times

Maxine, a search and rescue pilot, returns in midwinter to her childhood home in the Adirondacks. There she conducts a search for a girl who, while on a field trip in the mountains, was abducted by a stranger in a black pick up truck.

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Full Length Play

Drama

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From Off-Broadway

Maxine, a search and rescue pilot, returns in midwinter to her childhood home in the Adirondacks. There she conducts a search for a girl who, while on a field trip in the mountains, was abducted by a stranger in a black pick up truck. The search lasts for three days. Each night Maxine must face the girl's distraught mother, Dessa, and her own grandmother, Zofia, a reclusive Polish refugee. In sleep, Maxine is prey to nightmares and fragmented memories of a mother who abandoned her in childhood and was lost to insanity. Cherry Jones starred Off Broadway in this powerful consideration of the notions of loss, motherhood and the vexed yearning for release.
"Emotionally powerful...and intensely satisfying." - Seattle Times
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5f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

All Female, Roles for Children, Parts for Senior Actors

MAXINE - mid- to late thirties; a search and rescue pilot; solitary, ironic, and guarded
DESSA - mid- to late thirties; Charlotte's mother; tough, without self-pity, and utterly focused
ZOFIA - early to mid-seventies; Maxine's grandmother, Evie's mother; a Polish exile, survivor of the 1939 Nazi invasion; visionary, difficult, and wise
CHARLOTTE - twelve; Dessa's daughter; canny, bold, and slightly malicious
EVIE - roughly Maxine's age; Maxine's dead mother; cool, wry, and lucid
Author
Ellen McLaughlin

Ellen McLaughlin

Ellen McLaughlin's plays have received numerous national and international productions. They include Days and Nights Within, A Narrow Bed, Infinity's House, Iphigenia and Other Daughters, Tongue of a Bird, The Trojan Women, Helen, The Persians, Oedipus, Ajax in Iraq, Kissing the Floor, Septimus and Clarissa, and Penelope. Producers include: the Public Theater, The National Actors' Theater and New ... view full profile

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