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Edith Can Shoot Things And Hit Them - Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

Edith Can Shoot Things And Hit Them

A. Rey Pamatmat

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Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

2m, 1f

ISBN: 9780573700163

"Utterly sincere and winning drama about three good kids that sparkles with moments of gentle comedy. Pamatmat's struggling but goodhearted young characters are neither disengaged nor cynical, and they feel all the more real for it." – Louisville Courier Journal
Three kids — Kenny, his sister Edith, and their friend Benji — are all but abandoned on a farm in remotest Middle America. With little adult supervision, they feed and care for each other, making up the rules as they go.

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Description

Full Length Play

Dramatic Comedy

105 Minutes

Time Period - Contemporary, 1990s

FEATURES / CONTAINS

No intermission

Monologues, Scene work

Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

CAUTIONS

Gun Shots, Intense Adult Themes, Strong Language

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult, Senior, Teen (Age 14 - 18)

PERFORMANCE GROUP

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

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

Princess Grace

Recipient of a 2012 Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association Citation
NOMINEE - 2013 GLAAD Media Award, Outstanding Los Angeles Theater

Three kids — Kenny, his sister Edith, and their friend Benji — are all but abandoned on a farm in remotest Middle America. With little adult supervision, they feed and care for each other, making up the rules as they go. But when Kenny's and Benji's relationship becomes more than friendship, and Edith shoots something she really shouldn't shoot, the formerly indifferent outside world comes barging in whether they want it to or not.


REVIEWS

"Utterly sincere and winning drama about three good kids that sparkles with moments of gentle comedy. Pamatmat's struggling but goodhearted young characters are neither disengaged nor cynical, and they feel all the more real for it." Louisville Courier Journal, Read More

"Edith... is a beautifully rendered portrait of three young people as they struggle to remain young in a circumstance that forces them to have the stresses of the adult world." – Cincinnati Examiner


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Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them was first produced in a rolling world premiere by Actors Theatre of Louisville in the 2011 Humana Festival of New American Plays, Actor’s Express Theatre Company, Atlanta, GA, New Theatre, Coral Gables, FL, and Mu Performing Arts, Minneapolis, MN as part of the National New Play Network’s Continued Life Program.

Characters

CASTING

2m, 1f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Ensemble cast, Features Teens, Multicultural casting

CASTING NOTES

This play should be performed by young-looking adult actors, not actual teenagers. The shadows in for Mother can be done with puppets, projections, or something else non-human. Please do not use actual people – NO GROWN UPS.

CHORUS SIZE

No Chorus

EDITH – 12, Filipino-American, a girl, KENNY’s sister
KENNY – 16, Filipino-American, a young man, EDITH’s brother
BENJI – 16, any race, a friend
Rental Materials

MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

Videos
  • Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them montage

  • A. Rey Pamatmat on Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them

  • Artists at Play promo

Author
A. Rey  Pamatmat

A. Rey Pamatmat

A. Rey Pamatmat’s play after all the terrible things I do premiered at the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre and runs at next at The Huntington Theatre in 2014 – ’15. His play A Power Play; Or, What’s-its-name was presented at the 2014 O’Neill Playwrights Conference, his second residency there after Thunder Above, Deeps Below in 2008. Rey’s play Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them premiered at the ... view full profile

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Michelle Kim 2/1/2016 3:37 PM
Sean Elias 12/24/2015 8:51 AM
Skyler Gray 4/26/2013 3:31 AM
Edith, 12, and her brother Kenny, 16, are left alone in a remote farmhouse in Middle America. It is 1990, the car outside is almost out of gas and their bank account isn’t much better off. Their mother recently died and it has been days since they’ve heard from their father.  Isolated spatially and emotionally from the outside world, they must rely on each other for survival. The bleakness of their situation brightens with the arrival of Kenny’s classmate Benji.  The trio bands together for support, but the arrival of the adults prompts Edith to shoot and hit something she shouldn’t have.

EDITH CAN SHOOT THINGS AND HIT THEM by A. Rey Pamatmat is far from a nostalgic look at the 90’s, but an ageless play about growing up.   Pamatmat has crafted a heartbreakingly witty portrait of what it is like to grow up isolated from the norm of society.  Edith carries a rifle and copes with her struggles with her best friend Fergie, a stuffed frog.  Kenny has had to set aside his hopes and dreams to take care of Edith, the family finances, and their home. With the help of his endearing companion Benji, Kenny is able to discover what it means to love and be loved in return. Pamatmat’s portrayal of first love, loss, and the familial bonds that keep us together are all the things it should be: confusing, awkward and beautiful.

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