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The Healing - Full Length Play, Drama

The Healing

Samuel D. Hunter

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Full Length Play, Drama

2m, 5f

ISBN: 9780573705670

CRITICS' PICK “A moving, beautifully acted new drama [...] Mr. Hunter writes with lively humor and grace.” - The New York Times

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Minimum Fee: $75 per performance


Full Length Play


90 minutes

Time Period - Contemporary

Settings Of Play - The main room of a small, unimpressive house in a small town in southeastern Idaho, near Idaho Falls.


No intermission

Interior Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


Mild Adult Themes




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


From Off-Broadway

Twenty-five years ago, a motley group of friends met as kids at a summer camp where the head counselor secretly taught them that their disabilities could be "cured" through the power of prayer.  Today, the group has gathered to mourn the untimely passing of one of its members. Over the course of the night, old wounds are uncovered, friendships are tested, and the truth surrounding their late friend becomes troublingly clear.


CRITICS' PICK “A moving, beautifully acted new drama [...] Mr. Hunter writes with lively humor and grace.” - The New York Times, Read More 

CRITICS' PICK “[A] thoughtful and affecting new drama [...] It’s a sensitive portrait of people moving, with difficulty but also with some help, toward acceptance.” - Time Out NY, Read More 

"A smart and sensitive piece about the harm done to vulnerable people in the name of religion.” - Variety, Read More 

“Authors are always looking to bring something new to this dramatic territory. In his arresting new drama The Healing, playwright Samuel D. Hunter does just that, and it elevates the genre to new levels of emotional heights.” - TheatreMania, Read More 

Check out these photos from Theater Braking Through Barriers' production of The Healing in June 2016.

The Healing premiered in a production by Theater Breaking Through Barriers at the Harold Clurman Theatre in New York City in June 2016 under the direction of Stella Powell-Jones.



2m, 5f

SHARON - Thirties, female.  Played by an actress who uses a wheelchair.
DONALD - Thirties, male.  Played by an actor with a disability.
BONNIE - Thirties, female.  Played by an actress with a disability.
GREG - Thirties, male.  Played by a deaf actor.
LAURA - Thirties, female.  Played by an actress with a disability.
ZOE - Thirties, female.  Played by an actress with a disability.
JOAN - Sixties, female.  Played by an actress without a disability.
A VOICE - Male or female, the voice of a shopping channel on the television.
  • Playwright Samuel D. Hunter on the genesis of The Healing

Samuel D. Hunter

Samuel D. Hunter

Samuel D. Hunter’s plays include The Whale (Drama Desk Award, Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play, GLAAD Media Award, Drama League and Outer Critics Circle nominations for Best Play), A Bright New Boise (Obie Award, Drama Desk nomination for Best Play), The Few, A Great Wilderness, Rest, Pocatello, Lewiston, Clarkston, and most recently, The Healing and The Harvest. He is the recipient of ... view full profile

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