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She Talks to Beethoven - Short Play, Drama

She Talks to Beethoven

Adrienne Kennedy

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Short Play, Drama

1m, 1f

ISBN: 9780573703959

After the sudden and mysterious disappearance of Suzanne Alexander's husband, she seeks solace in the spirit of the composer Ludwig van Beethoven, whose letters she has been studying.

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Description

Short Play

Drama

Experimental

30 minutes

Time Period - 1960s, 18th Century

Settings Of Play - Accra, Ghana, in 1961, soon after independence.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

No intermission

Interior Set, Bare Stage/Simple Set

Period Costumes

CAUTIONS

Intense Adult Themes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult

PERFORMANCE GROUP

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

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

From Off-Broadway

She Talks to Beethoven, written by pioneering avant-garde playwright Adrienne Kennedy in 1989, offers a layered discourse on politics, revolution and loss. Set in Ghana, Suzanne waits in her room listening to radio broadcasts about her husband who has mysteriously disappeared while she attempts to write about and communicate with composer Ludwig van Beethoven.  Her world is infiltrated by snatches of Ghanaian string music, the revolutionary words of Frantz Fanon and strains of Beethoven's Fidelio. Suzanne, recovering from an unspecified illness hovers in displaced time and space fluctuating between Vienna, Austria, in 1803, and Accra, Ghana, in 1961.

REVIEWS

"To many, Ms. Kennedy has blended the surreal and the social to invent a new dramatic form." - The New York Times

"
[Kennedy creates] “hauntingly fragmentary lyrical dramas [that powerfully explore] the violence racism visits on people’s lives.” - Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards


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She Talks to Beethoven was first produced by River Arts in Woodstock, New York, and directed by Clinton Turner Davis in June 1989.

Characters

CASTING

1m, 1f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Multicultural casting, Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle), Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN
SUZANNE ALEXANDER - A Writer

The music in the piece should equal in length with the text. Anonymous diary entries are from actual sources.
Author
Adrienne Kennedy

Adrienne Kennedy

Adrienne Kennedy continues to influence the world through her art. She was the recipient of the 2003 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards, an Obie Award for Lifetime Achievement Award, the Lila Wallace—Reader's Digest Writers' Award and the American Academy of Arts and Letters in Literature Award. She was also granted a Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Writing, awarded ... view full profile

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