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Happy Journey to Trenton and Camden, The  - Short Play, Dramatic Comedy

Happy Journey to Trenton and Camden, The

Thornton Wilder

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Short Play, Dramatic Comedy

3m, 3f

ISBN: 9780573622113

"In my plays I attempted to raise ordinary daily conversation between ordinary people to the level of the universal human experience." - Thornton Wilder
A father, mother and two of their three surviving children drive from Newark, New Jersey to Camden to visit their married daughter, who has recently lost her baby in childbirth.

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Description

Short Play

Dramatic Comedy

30 minutes

Time Period - 1930s

Settings Of Play - The Kirby house; then the Kirby family car trip. The Happy Journey to Trenton and Camden requires no scenery-just a curtain back-drop, a cyc, or an empty stage.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Mime

Bare Stage/Simple Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Period Costumes

CAUTIONS

No Special Cautions

TARGET AUDIENCE

Appropriate for all audiences, Adult, Senior, Children (Age 6 - 10), Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13), Teen (Age 14 - 18)

PERFORMANCE GROUP

Jr High/Primary, High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Reader's Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups, Church / Religious Groups

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

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A father, mother and two of their three surviving children drive from Newark, New Jersey to Camden to visit their married daughter, who has recently lost her baby in childbirth. Their journey is punctuated by talk, laughter, memories (some mundane, some happy, some painful), and appreciation of the Now - ham and eggs, flowers, family, sunsets and the joy of being alive. In this family drama, nothing much happens-and yet everything important happens. As Ma Kirby says, "There's nothin' like bein' liked by your family."

"It should constantly be borne in mind that the purpose of this play is the portrayal of the character of Ma Kirby, the author at one time having even considered entitling the play The Portrait of a Lady. Accordingly, the director should constantly keep in mind that Ma Kirby's humor, strength and humanity constitute the unifying element throughout. This aspect should always rise above the merely humorous characteristic details of the play. " - Thornton Wilder, "Notes for the Producer," 1931

"My earlier one-act plays, before Our Town, were free of scenery too and things went back and forth in time...In my plays I attempted to raise ordinary daily conversation between ordinary people to the level of the universal human experience." - Thornton Wilder in an interview with Bob McCoy, 1974

Happy Journey was first produced November 25, 1931, at the Yale University theater in New Haven, Connecticut, by the Yale Dramatic Association and the Vassar College Philalethis, with The Long Christmas Dinner, Love and How to Cure It, and Such Things Only Happen in Books.
Characters

CASTING

3m, 3f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Ensemble cast, Non-Traditional casting, Features Children, Features Teens, Roles for Children

CASTING NOTES

Alternatively, this play can be cast using 1 boy, 1 girl, and 2 male adults, and 2 female adults.

THE STAGE MANAGER
MA - Mrs. Kate Kirby
ARTHUR - 13, her son
CAROLINE - 15, her daughter
PA
BEULAH - 22, the Kirbys' married daughter who lives in Camden, New Jersey
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MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

Author
Thornton Wilder

Thornton Wilder

Thornton Wilder (1897-1975), born in Madison, Wisconsin, and educated at Yale and Princeton, was an accomplished novelist and playwright whose works explore the connection between the commonplace and the cosmic dimensions of human experience. The Bridge of San Luis Rey, one of his seven novels, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1928, and his next-to-last novel, The Eighth Day received the National Book ... view full profile

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