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Infancy - Short Play, Comedy

Infancy

Thornton Wilder

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Short Play, Comedy

3m, 2f

ISBN: 9780573622397

"It is wonderful to have an original, ever youthful and increasingly wise writer like Thornton Wilder back in the theatre." -The New York Times
Babies act like grown-ups and grown-ups act like babies in this comedy about fulfilling basic human needs.

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Description

Short Play

Comedy

Farce

30 minutes

Time Period - 1920s

Settings Of Play - Central Park, New York City

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Local Celebrity Cameo, No intermission, Physical Comedy

Scene work, Competition or audition material

Exterior Set, 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, Outdoor, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

From Off-Broadway

Millie the nursemaid brings baby Tommy to Central Park in the hopes of a rendezvous with the handsome Patrolman Avonzino. Mrs. Boker soon arrives with baby Moe, and as the two ladies trade snacks and advice on child rearing, the infants compare notes on their parents' bad behavior and pitiful lack of understanding. Babies act like grown-ups and grown-ups act like babies in this comedy about fulfilling basic human needs.

"It is wonderful to have an original, ever youthful and increasingly wise writer like Thornton Wilder back in the theatre. " -The New York Times

"All children, emerging from the egocentric monsterhood of infancy- 'Gimme! Gimme!' cries the Nero in the bassinet-are out to win their way-from their parents, playmates, from 'life,' from all that is bewildering and inexplicable in themselves. They are also out to win some expression of themselves as individuals." -Thornton Wilder in The Paris Review Interviews, 1957

Infancy was first produced at the Circle in the Square Theater in New York on January 10, 1962, as one of three plays grouped as "Plays for Bleecker Street". It was televised in 1966 and repeated in 1970.
Characters

CASTING

3m, 2f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Ensemble cast, Non-Traditional casting, Local Celebrity Cameo, Multicultural casting

OFFICER AVONZINO
MISS MILLIE WILCHICK - a nursemaid
TOMMY - a baby in her care
MRS. BOKER
MOE - her baby boy
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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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