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Southern Comfort - Full Length Musical, Drama

Southern Comfort

Julianne Wick Davis, Dan Collins

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Full Length Musical, Drama

6m, 5f

ISBN: 9780573705458

Critic's Pick! "A sweetheart of a musical." - The New York Times

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Description

Full Length Musical

Drama

Adaptations (Stage & Screen)

120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - 1990s

Settings Of Play - Spring – Winter 1998.  Toccoa and Atlanta, Georgia.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Unit Set/Multiple Settings

CAUTIONS

Alcohol, Mild Adult Themes, Smoking

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Professional Theatre, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

From Off-Broadway

Based on the 2001 Sundance Film Festival documentary, Southern Comfort follows the last year of Robert Eads, a transgender man in Georgia, as he is diagnosed with ovarian cancer. He surrounds himself with his chosen family, who are predominantly transgender, as they share monthly potluck meals. Like any family, they have their own trials and tribulations, but ultimately they all seek acceptance for who they are in their own skin.

REVIEWS 

Critic's Pick! "A sweetheart of a musical." - The New York Times, Read More 

"Beautiful and heartfelt show [...] bring the family." - Deadline, Read More 


Southern Comfort premiered at Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield, MA in July 2015 under the direction of Thomas Caruso.

Characters

CASTING

6m, 5f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Ensemble cast, Non-Traditional casting, Cross gender casting, Multicultural casting

CHORUS SIZE

Small

ROBERT - Transgender man: A wiry, “electric” man in his fifties. He has the ability to seem like a wide-eyed child and a wise old prophet all at once.  
LOLA - Transgender woman: A tall, broad-shouldered woman; somewhat uncomfortable in her own skin. Professionally she still assumes the identity of John. Mid-forties.
JACKSON - Transgender man: A little elf of a man; full of warmth and mischief but struggling with a deep resentment and anger at the world around him. Late thirties/early forties.
CARLY - Transgender woman: Jackson’s girlfriend. A naughty Catholic school boy turned naughty Catholic school girl; tough, feminine, and confident. Late twenties/early thirties.
SAM - Transgender man: A hefty, introverted man. He might almost be intimidating, were it not for his extremely gentle and somewhat sad demeanor. Late thirties/early forties.
MELANIE - Cisgender woman: Sam’s wife. Spirited and full of good humor, but apprehensive of the world around her. Early/midforties.
THE STORYTELLERS - An onstage folk band that serves as the “orchestra” and storytellers for the show; acting as all the characters in the piece aside from the primary six. They are the passing time and the changing seasons, Robert’s parents, the haunting voices of his doctors, and so on. They serve as the storytelling backbone to our “Modern-Day Folk Tale,” while also embodying the environment/atmosphere/world around our primary characters – both physically and musically. 
Rental Materials

SIZE OF ORCHESTRA

Small/Combo

MUSICAL STYLE

Folk

VOCAL DEMANDS

Moderate

Videos
  • Public Theater's Southern Comfort montage

  • In conversation with the writers and director of Southern Comfort

  • Barrington Stage Southern Comfort highlights

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