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Good Counselor, The - Full Length Play, Drama

Good Counselor, The

Kathryn Grant

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Full Length Play, Drama

2m, 3f

ISBN: 9780573699122

Winner! 2011 Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Citation
Winner! 2010 Premiere Stages Play Festival and the 2010 Jerry Kaufman Award in Playwriting
The Good Counselor is a new drama about a chosen son's quest for truth. Vincent, a bright young lawyer in the Public Defender department has been assigned to defend a young woman accused of killing her three-week-old son.

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Description

Full Length Play

Drama

Mystery/Thriller

105 Minutes

Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day

Settings Of Play -

Various locations in and around a county seat in a rural section of Maryland. Locations include a law office, a courtroom, an interview room in a county jail, a living room of a modest home, a train trestle above a bean field.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Play w/ Music, Stage Combat, Multimedia

Scene work

Unit Set/Multiple Settings, Bare Stage/Simple Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

CAUTIONS

Drugs, Strong Language, Mild Adult Themes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Appropriate for all audiences, Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)

PERFORMANCE GROUP

High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

Citation from the Steinberg-ATCA Award, Kaufman Award, Premiere Stages Festival Theater Award, L. Arnold Weisssberger Award for Playwriting

Winner! 2011 Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Citation
Winner! 2010 Premiere Stages Play Festival and the 2010 Jerry Kaufman Award in Playwriting

The Good Counselor is a new drama about a chosen son's quest for truth. Vincent, a bright young lawyer in the Public Defender department has been assigned to defend a young woman accused of killing her three-week-old son. Hounded by his community and haunted by his past, Vincent struggles to defend both neglectful mothers: his client, and his own. A thought-provoking and beautifully written play, The Good Counselor literally prompts the audience to serve as the jury in determining what it means to be a good parent.

REVIEWS

"Unsettling drama...Ms. Grant doesn't fall into the trap of oversimplifying her characters or seeing only one side of a relationship...this is a sign of Ms. Grant's ingenuity as a playwright." - The New York Times, Read More

"Playwright Kathryn Grant is a promising talent with a sharp ear for dialogue...The Good Counselor is engrossing, thoughtful and thought-provoking, and worthy of our attention." - Talkin' Broadway, Read More

"A searing new play... provides a vivid picture of life's unrelenting hardness, as these people seek small pleasures in their lives, despite their struggles." - NJ.com, Read More

"...
the piece may not be cheery but it is riveting... the company has mounted a searing production, urgently acted and handsomely wrought... They imbue the script, its sharp-elbowed exchanges and its poetic monologues with tremendous heart." - The Washington Post, Read More 

"The Good Counselor is a brilliant play that probes uncomfortably around the chambers of the human heart. It’s a masterfully written and directed treatise on where a woman’s responsibility as a mother ends and her responsibility to herself begins." - DC Theatre Scene, Read More 

"If you are seeking out magnetic theater that deals with unsettling, yet real-life, family issues and a search for the truth, make your way to 1st Stage. Under the confident, wise direction of Alex Levy, Kathryn Grant’s award winning “The Good Counselor” is an evening of riveting performances." - The Virginia Connection, Read More

2010 Premiere Stages at Kean University in Union, New Jersey

Characters

CASTING

2m, 3f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Role(s) for Black Actor(s), Role(s) for Latino Actor(s), Ensemble cast, Flexible casting, Multicultural casting, Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle), Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle), Parts for Senior Actors

VINCENT HEFFERNON - 27-34 years old, African-American public defender practicing law in a rural county. He is the youngest in a family of five siblings and the only one in the family who has made it into the professional class. Sharp, mercurial and slick in some ways, altering his persona to suit the situation, but in other ways, he is fragile. He is not at ease with himself or reconciled to his position as the favored son in a struggling family.

RAY HEFFERNON - 29-36 years old, Vincent's older brother. African-American man in his mid-thirties. Currently working as a roofer. Has a history of drug addiction that may mask an undiagnosed mood disorder like bipolar. An incredible nose for the truth and the capacity to see humor in the absurdity of life.

RITA HEFFERNON - 60-75 years old, Ray and Vincent's mother. She is in poor health but struggles to stay out of bed and keep up appearances. Widowed at a young age, she raised her children on her own and takes pride in her autonomy. Has little truck for those who aren't able to manage life's challenges. Has pushed some dark episodes in her life into a corner.

EVELYN LAVERTY - 20-30 years old. A white single mother currently a suspect in the death of her infant. She is scared, truculent and a knee-jerk racist. Loves her daughter. Had mixed feelings about her son and has deep insecurities about her competence as a mother. Drinks to take the edge off of all the chaos piling up in her world.

MAYA ARUNA - 45-70 years old. The supervisor in the County public defender's office. Originally the role was written for an Indian-American, but the role can be cast as a nationalized citizen born in South or Central America, Mexico, the Caribbean, one of the countries of the former Soviet Union, a South East Asian Country or any other country (not Africa) with large segments of the population living in poverty (change name as needed.) She has lived a good portion of her life in close proximity to the poor and she doesn't romanticize their lives. Her immigrant status gives her an outsider's perspective. She isn't mired in American views of motherhood and the management of families. Notwithstanding these differences, she is deeply patriotic and fervent about the possibilities of American jurisprudence. Both pragmatic and hopelessly liberal, she is what is known as a "public defense lifer" passionate about defending the poor, whether they are guilty of a crime or not.

Author
Kathryn Grant

Kathryn Grant

Kathryn Grant grew up in the Philadelphia area and moved to New York to study acting at the Juilliard School, eventually appearing in over 100 plays in New York and around the country. She began writing as a member of the American Renaissance Theater workshop where artists are encouraged to explore all areas in the theater. Her first full-length play, The Wound of Love, received the Berilla Kerr ... view full profile

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