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Zero Hour, The (George) - Full Length Play, Dark Comedy

Zero Hour, The (George)

Madeleine George

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Full Length Play, Dark Comedy

1m, 2f

ISBN: 9780573699207

"A lucid drama. Appealingly brainy and messy, George's play never settles for an easy metaphor or emotion. It cross-examines our pat notions of history and love."- The New Yorker

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Description

Full Length Play

Dark Comedy

105 Minutes

Time Period - New Millennium/21st Century

FEATURES / CONTAINS

No intermission

Scene work

Unit Set/Multiple Settings, Bare Stage/Simple Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

CAUTIONS

Strong Language, Mild Adult Themes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Professional Theatre, Reader's Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

Princess Grace

Rebecca and her chronically unemployed butch girlfriend, O, have created a happy nest in their run-down walk-up in Queens, but things are starting to unravel. The more O pushes Rebecca to stop hiding their relationship, the more Rebecca's work life—writing a textbook for seventh graders about the Holocaust— begins to bleed into her personal life: She starts meeting World War II Nazis on the 7 train, passing as hipster professionals in New York City but hungry to come out about who they really are. Back home in Queens, O is also sparring with convincingly real visions: her long estranged—and recently dead?—mother keeps showing up to argue with her about her choices. This almost-love story explores the relationship between honesty and cruelty: How do you tell the truth about yourself when that truth might devastate the people you love? A tour-de-force for two actors playing eight different roles.






REVIEWS

"A lucid drama. Appealingly brainy and messy, George's play never settles for an easy metaphor or emotion. It cross-examines our pat notions of history and love.- The New Yorker

"Grabs our interest from its first provocative line. The Zero Hour is a work to savor."- Back Stage

"Bold, thoughtful, and incredibly beautiful."" - CurtainUp


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THE ZERO HOUR was first produced by 13P (Thirteen Playwrights, Inc.) at Walkerspace, New York, in 2010. The performance was directed by Adam Greenfield and produced by Rachel Karpf (Preston Copley, associate producer)
Characters

CASTING

1m, 2f

O – 26, butch dyke, intense, unemployed, recovering
WASP THE THERAPIST – 45
THE LONELY NAZI
THE EAGER NAZI
THE TENDER NAZI
…all played by the actor who plays O

REBECCA – 29, corporate femme, educated, graceful, Jewish
RAE WILCOX – 59, O’s mother
LILY HIRSCHORN – 64, REBECCA’s mother
…both played by the actor who plays REBECCA

THE ALL-AMERICAN NAZI, a.k.a. “DOUG,” 32

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MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

Author
Madeleine George

Madeleine George

Madeleine George's plays The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence (Pulitzer Prize finalist), Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England (Susan Smith Blackburn finalist), Precious Little, and The Zero Hour (Jane Chambers Award, Lambda Literary Award finalist), have been produced by Playwrights Horizons, 13P, Clubbed Thumb, Shotgun Players in Berkeley, City Theatre in Pittsburgh, Theater Wit in ... view full profile

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