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Blue - Full Length Play, Comedy

Blue

Charles Randolph-Wright, Nona Hendryx

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Full Length Play, Comedy

4m, 4f

ISBN: 9780573628085

A Play by Charles Randolph-Wright
Music by Nona Hendryx
Lyrics by Nona Hendryx and Charles Randolph Wright
Using music as an integral part of the storytelling, Blue spans nearly twenty years in the life of the affluent African American Clark family in rural South Carolina. Events are seen through the eyes of the eldest son Reuben, who evolves from a preteen trumpet player into an adult artist.

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Description

Full Length Play

Comedy

Settings Of Play - The well-apointed home of the Clark family in Kent, South Carolina, a fictional small mill town in the northern part of the state. Act I takes place during the late seventies, Act II takes place 15 years later, Epilogue is a few years later.

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Play w/ Music

Interior Set

Using music as an integral part of the storytelling, Blue spans nearly twenty years in the life of the affluent African American Clark family in rural South Carolina. Events are seen through the eyes of the eldest son Reuben, who evolves from a preteen trumpet player into an adult artist. His mother, a relentlessly chic matriarch with dark secrets who is out of place in the her provincial surroundings, holds court at family gatherings. She lays out grandiose plans for her two sons while the mesmerizing music of sexy jazz singer Blue Williams adds a unique dimension. Meanwhile, her husband runs a profitable funeral home, grandmother offers unsolicited advice and Ruben's brother runs with the girls. This humorous family portrait abounds with tenderness, acceptance and the search for unconditional love while introducing audiences to an African American family the likes of which is seldom portrayed on stage or screen.
BLUE first appeared at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. Directed by Sheldon Epps.
Characters

CASTING

4m, 4f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Role(s) for Black Actor(s), Features Teens

CASTING NOTES

BLUE JR. and YOUNG REUBEN are played by the same actor.

PEGGY CLARK - 39, ambition, intelligent, stunning, absolutely nothing will stand in her way
REUBEN CLARK - Peggy's 12 year-old son, extremely bright and wise beyond his years
SAM CLARK (III) - Peggy's 17 year-old son, rebellious, in a constant battle with his mother
SAMUEL CLARK JR. - early 40's, Peggy's husband, elite, soft-spoken, businessman
TILLE CLARK - 60's, Samuel's mother, irascible, caustic
LATONYA DINKINS - 17, Sam's girlfriend from the "other side of the tracks"
BLUE WILLIAMS - jazz singer
REUBEN CLARK - 27, the adult version
BLUE JR - Blue's 12 year-old son

Rental Materials

Piano/Conductor Score

Accompaniment and Backing CD

Song Samples

Now's The Time

New York Nights

Smokin' on Bed

Out of the Blue

The Beat

Wings of Change

Angel

Bahia Blue

Color of the Sky

Falling Up

No Matter What

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