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Approaching Zanzibar - Full Length Play, Drama

Approaching Zanzibar

Tina Howe

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Full Length Play, Drama

2m, 4f, 2boy(s), 1girl(s)

ISBN: 9780573691287

"A comedy with serious undertones ... that takes the audience by surprise time after time.... What pervades the show is Miss Howe's originality and purity of dramatic imagination." - The New Yorker

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Description

Full Length Play

Drama

Time Period - Contemporary

Settings Of Play - Several locations on a cross country roadtrip

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult

PERFORMANCE GROUP

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

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

From Off-Broadway

This play by the author of Pride's Crossing, among others, follows the Blossom family as they travel cross country to see Aunt Olivia, who has cancer. She is a renowned environmental artist who creates enormous sculptures out of kites. The family camps along the way, having various adventures and meeting relatives and strangers. When they arrive in Taos, New Mexico, Olivia is fading in and out of reality, or is she?

REVIEWS

"A comedy with serious undertones ... that takes the audience by surprise time after time.... What pervades the show is Miss Howe's originality and purity of dramatic imagination. " - The New Yorker


Approaching Zanzibar premiered at the Second Stage Theatre in New York City in April 1989 under the direction of Carole Rothman.

Characters

CASTING

2m, 4f, 2boy(s), 1girl(s)

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Role(s) for Black Actor(s), Role(s) for Latino Actor(s), Roles for Children, Parts for Senior Actors

WALLACE BLOSSOM - A composer, 49 
CHARLOTTE BLOSSOM - His wife, 45 
TURNER BLOSSOM - Their son, a prodigy, 12 
PONY BLOSSOM - Their nearsighted daughter, 9 
RANDY WANDS - A new father, 43 
PALACE ST. JOHN - A hearty grandmother, 63 
FLETCHER ST. JOHN - 
Her deaf grandson, 11 
SCOTTY CHILDS - Charlotte's brother, a landscape architect, 48 
JOY CHILDS - His new wife, a TV newscaster who's black and 7 months pregnant, 28 
AMY CHILDS - Scotty's athletic daughter, played by a boy, 11 
DALIA PAZ - Olivia's Mexican nurse, 28 
OLIVIA CHILDS - Charlotte's aunt, an eminent site specific artist, 81
DR. SYBIL WREN - Her doctor, with a severe limp, 60's
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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