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Painting Churches - Full Length Play, Comedy

Painting Churches

Tina Howe

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Full Length Play, Comedy

1m, 2f

ISBN: 9780573619397

Finalist! 1984 Pulitzer Prize in Drama

"Beautifully written. . . . A theatrical family portrait that has the shimmer and depth of Renoir portraits." - The New York Times
"A radiant, loving and zestfully humorous play . . . distinctl…

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Description

Full Length Play

Comedy

Settings Of Play - Beacon Hill - Boston, Massachusetts. A few years ago.

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Cutting Approved for Competition

TARGET AUDIENCE

Senior

PERFORMANCE GROUP

Senior Theatre

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

Pulitzer, From Off-Broadway

Finalist! 1984 Pulitzer Prize in Drama
Gardner and Fanny Church are preparing to move out of their Beacon Hill house to their summer cottage on Cape Cod. Gardner, once a famous poet, now is retired. He slips in and out of senility as his wife Fanny valiantly tries to keep them both afloat. They have asked their daughter, Mags, to come home and help them move. Mags agrees, for she hopes as well to finally paint their portrait. She is now on the verge of artistic celebrity herself and hopes, by painting her parents, to come to terms with them and they with her. Mags triumphs in the end as Fanny and Gardner actually step through the frame and become a work of art ineffable and timeless.
"Beautifully written. . . . A theatrical family portrait that has the shimmer and depth of Renoir portraits." - The New York Times

"A radiant, loving and zestfully humorous play . . . distinctly Chekhovian. Howe captures the same edgy surface of false hilarity, the same unutterable sadness beneath it, and the indomitable valor beneath both." - Time

PAINTING CHURCHES first appeared at The Second Stage. Directed by Carole Rothman.
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1m, 2f

FANNY CHURCH - a Bostonian from a fine old family, in her 60s
GARDNER CHURCH - her husband, an eminent New England poet from a finer family, in his 70s
MARGARET CHURCH (MAGS) - their daughter, a painter, in her early 30s
Author
Tina Howe

Tina Howe

Tina Howe’s most produced plays include “Birth and After Birth”, “Museum”, “The Art of Dining”, “Painting Churches”, “Coastal Disturbances”, “Approaching Zanzibar” and “Pride’s Crossing”. These and other works premiered at the Public Theater, the Kennedy Center, Second Stage, The Old Globe Theatre, Lincoln Center Theater, the Actors Theatre of Louisville, the Atlantic Theater Company, Primary ... view full profile

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