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Coastal Disturbances - Full Length Play, Comedy

Coastal Disturbances

Tina Howe

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Full Length Play, Comedy

3m, 4f, 1boy(s), 1girl(s)

ISBN: 9780573690433

"Generously illuminates the intimate landscape between men and women."- The New York Times

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Coastal Disturbances: Four Plays

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Full Length Play


Settings Of Play - A stretch of private beach on the North shore of Massachusetts somewhere between Marblehead and Gloucester.


Exterior Set




College Theatre / Student, Professional Theatre


From Broadway, From Off-Broadway

Nominee! 1987 Tony for Best Play
A Broadway hit which gave Annette Bening and Tim Daly early stage roles, this charming ensemble play follows four generations of vacationers on a Massachusetts beach, focusing on a romance between a lifeguard and a kooky young photographer.


"Generously illuminates the intimate landscape between men and women." - The New York Times

"Enchanting." -The New Yorker

"Endearing."- NBC TV

"Will appeal only to play goers who like charming and sympathetic characters, tender romance, laughs and rueful wisdom about the pitfalls of love."- Variety

"Whosoever's heart this play does not break, whosoever's soul it does not enthrall, may just lack those organs." - New York Magazine

Coastal Disturbances premiered at the Second Stage Tehatre in New York City in November 1986 under the direction of Carole Rothman.



3m, 4f, 1boy(s), 1girl(s)


Roles for Children, Parts for Senior Actors

LEO HART - the lifeguard, 28
HOLLY DANCER - a photographer from new York, 24
FAITH BIGELOW - five months pregnant, 35
MIRANDA BIGELOW - her adopted daughter, 7
ARIEL TOOK - Faith's guest, 36
WINSTON TOOK - her son, 8
DR. HAMILTON ADAMS - an eminant eye surgeon, now retired, 72
M.J. ADAMS - his wife, an amateur painter, 68
ANDRE SOR - owner of the Andre Sor Gallery, European born, 49

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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Joel Repman 4/21/2013 2:14 PM
A wide open space where the claustrophobia of a city, a home, or our myriad problems dissipates in the light breeze that blows across the sand.  The sun beats down lovingly, so we wear little clothing.  Willingly exposing ourselves, we are comfortable here, happy.
That is what the beach represents to those who know it well and to those who have never set foot on one.  This is how we've collectively defined it for all time, this place of relaxation and rejuvenation.  It's magical really or, at least, we wish it was. If only we could outrun our real lives.  They follow us, relentlessly, no matter where we go.  Even to the sacred places.
That is what Tina Howe is getting at here.  Things will be better as soon as we cross over from the concrete to the sand.  We'll fight tooth and nail for it.  When it works, even for a couple hours, it's the most glorious feeling, addicting. You want it all the time.  The old couple, the single mother, and the photographer, they'll all trying for it.
It's a play about the simple things we do to try and instill a little hope in our lives.  And the beach, it will always be THE BEACH, thank God.  It never changes. We do, and we will always try to find our way back.

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