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Long Christmas Dinner, The - Short Play, Dramatic Comedy

Long Christmas Dinner, The

Thornton Wilder

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Short Play, Dramatic Comedy

5m, 7f

ISBN: 9780573662829

The Long Christmas Dinner - nine decades long - showcases the lives of several generations of the Bayard family, and some of their Christmas dinners.

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Description

Short Play

Dramatic Comedy

Christmas/Holiday

40 minutes

Time Period - 1930s, 1920s, 1910s / WWI, 1900-1910, 19th Century

Settings Of Play - The dinning room table in the Bayard home, over the course of nine decades.  

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Local Celebrity Cameo, No intermission

Interior Set, Bare Stage/Simple Set

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

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

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

From Off-Broadway

The Long Christmas Dinner - nine decades long - showcases the lives of several generations of the Bayard family, and some of their Christmas dinners. Wilder breaks the boundaries of time as we measure it, and invites us to partake of "one long, happy Christmas dinner"-past, present and future. As generations appear, have children, wither and depart, only the audience appreciates what changes and what remains the same. "Every last twig is wrapped around with ice. You almost never see that," young Genevieve marvels, not realizing that her mother has made this observation years earlier nor that her daughter-in-law will one day do the same.

REVIEWS

"Like a surprise holiday gift...[these plays] shine like gems." - The New York Times

"Of all my plays it is the one that has found the widest variety of receptions. At some performances it has been played to constant laughter; some listeners are deeply moved and shaken by it; some find it cruel and cynical (What? The dead are forgotten so soon?)" - Thornton Wilder in a letter written April 11, 1960 to Gertrude Hindemith, whose husband, the composer Paul Hindemith, wrote an opera based on the play


The Long Christmas Dinner was first produced November 25, 1931 in a joint performance by the Yale Dramatic Association and the Vassar Philaletheis at the Yale University theater in New Haven, Connecticut, along with Love and How to Cure It, Such Things Only Happen in Books, and The Happy Journey to Trenton and Camden.

Characters

CASTING

5m, 7f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Ensemble cast, Non-Traditional casting, Expandable casting, Features Teens, Flexible casting, Local Celebrity Cameo, Multicultural casting, Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle), Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle), Parts for Senior Actors

LUCIA - Roderick's wife
RODERICK - Mother Bayard's son
MOTHER BAYARD
COUSIN BRANDON
CHARLES - Lucia and Roderick's son
GENEVIEVE - Lucia and Roderick's daughter
LEONORA BANNING - Charles's wife
LUCIA - Leonora and Charles's daughter, Samuel's twin
SAMUEL - Leonora and Charles's son, Lucia's twin
RODERICK - Leonora and Charles's youngest son
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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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