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Diary of Lights: New York About 1955 - Full Length Play, Drama

Diary of Lights: New York About 1955

Adrienne Kennedy

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Full Length Play, Drama

6m, 4f

ISBN: 9780573703973

Part dramatic literature, part dance, and part musical theatre, Diary of Lights... is a window into a part of American culture expressed through the unique voice of one of America's most formidable dramatists.

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Description

Full Length Play

Drama

Period, Experimental

120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - 1950s

Settings Of Play - The Thalia
Upper Broadway
Bancroft Hall, Columbia University
Macdougal Street
Rienzi’s Coffee House
Washington Sq. Park
Metropole
Palladium
Birdland

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Exterior Set, Unit Set/Multiple Settings, Bare Stage/Simple Set

Period Costumes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)

PERFORMANCE GROUP

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

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

From Off-Broadway

Adrienne Kennedy has been a force in the American theatre since the early 1960s, influencing several generations of playwrights with her hauntingly fragmentary lyrical dramas. Diary of Lights: New York about 1955 is a series of scenes which depict a group of friends during one evening in New York City, in the mid-fifties. Part dramatic literature, part dance, and part musical theatre, Diary of Lights... is a window into a part of American culture, expressed through the unique voice of one of America's most formidable dramatists.

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


Diary of Lights: New York About 1955 premiered at the Jane Addams Theatre in Chicago, IL in May 1978 under the direction of June Pyskacek.

Characters

CASTING

6m, 4f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Ensemble cast, Non-Traditional casting, Flexible casting

CASTING NOTES

All are dynamic and alive, and you wish you were with them that night. Margo Aaron and Mel are white. Aisha and Mohammed are from Cairo, Egypt.

BILLIE - comic, sweet, and ultimately very serious; Macy-type cotton dress, white wedgies.
EDDIE -  very serious; has on a V-neck sweater and khakis.
AARON - seersucker jacket and trousers.
MARGO - very intellectual and bohemian; Mexican wedding shirt, very long straight hair; smokes cigars, wears sandals.
MAVIS - very pretty; white dress and red stole, very wavy black hair piled on top of her head in curls.
ROY - frank; seersucker suit.
ELLEN'S BOYFRIEND - very well read
AISHA & MOHAMMED - a couple from Egypt; shy
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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