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Abstract Expression - Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

Abstract Expression

Theresa Rebeck

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Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

6m, 3f

ISBN: 9780573642456

After a scathing review 15 years ago, a once-celebrated painter faded into impoverished obscurity. Can one chance encounter resurrect this volatile artist from obscurity and re-launch him to overnight success?

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Description

Full Length Play

Dramatic Comedy

Settings Of Play - The locations vary between Charlie’s apartment, quite small and meager, on the lower east side; Sylvia’s elegant apartment on the upper east side; the kitchen of Kidman’s artist’s loft; and the office of Lillian’s gallery.

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TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre

After a scathing review 15 years ago, a once-celebrated painter faded into impoverished obscurity. Can one chance encounter resurrect this volatile artist from obscurity and re-launch him to overnight success? Theresa Rebeck skillfully compares the gritty urban realities of lives lived on the edge with the capricious intrigues of the uptown gallery scene where fame might just be a matter of who you know and reputations can be bought and sold.

REVIEWS

"Meaningful questions of morality, aesthetics and class conflict." -The Seattle Times

"Underneath her satirical surface, equal to the best of Richard Brinsley Sheridan in The School for Scandal, Rebeck rekindles the troubling assertion that it was the support of the political, financial and artistic establishment that made possible the triumph of absract expressionist paintings and transferred the capital of the art world from Paris to New York."  -New Haven Register

Abstract Expression premiered at the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, CT in November 1998 under the direction of Greg Leaming.
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CASTING

6m, 3f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Role(s) for Black Actor(s)

CHARLIE – Black, mid-fifties
SYLVIA – White, early sixties
LILLIAN – White, late thirties
EUGENE – White, forty
JENNY – White, twenty-eight
KIDMAN – White, early fifties
RAY/LUCAS – Black, late twenties
PHILLIP/JORDY – White, late twenties
WILLIE – White, thirty
Author
Theresa Rebeck

Theresa Rebeck

Theresa Rebeckis a widely produced playwright throughout the United States and abroad. New York productions of her work include Dead Accounts at the Music Box Theatre; Seminar at the Golden Theatre; Mauritius at the Biltmore Theatre in a Manhattan Theater Club Production; The Scene, The Water’s Edge, Loose Knit, The Family of Mann, and Spike Heels at Second Stage; Bad Dates, The Butterfly ... view full profile

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