Full Length Play
120 minutes (2 hours)
Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day
Settings Of Play - The play is set in the present in the Beckle family cabin on the north fork of the Guadalupe River in the heart of the Texas Hill Country.
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
Gun Shots, Mild Adult Themes
College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre
Best described as "Several Horton Foote characters in search of an exit
from a Sam Shepard play." The action of this "Texas tragicomedy" whirls
around one disastrous Memorial Day weekend at the Beckle cabin in the
Texas hill country. Aubrey, his four daughters, and Great Aunt Tammy
gather there for the first time since Mrs. Beckle's death. Nothing goes
right. Aunt Tammy is trapped in the bathroom. Daughter Cesca arrives
bearing scars from a new round with her abusive husband. Her sister
Pidge, on sudden leave from the group home for the emotionally disturbed
where she lives, shows up in Cesca's car with Cesca's chloroformed
husband locked in the trunk. The Beckles must pull together or the
family will self- destruct. When all is said and done, it is the Beckle
family's most alienated member who proves to be the one most invested in
her family's happiness.
"Successfully juxtaposes the comical with the tragic." - Atlanticville
"Witty and wise. Dunn showed promise with Belles; he makes his mark and fulfills the promise with [Cabin Fever]." - Two River Times
Cabin Fever: A Texas Tragicomedy, premiered at Theatre Works in Memphis, Tennessee on August 28, 1998, as winner of the 1998 Playhouse on the Square Playwriting Competition. It was directed by Stephen Hancock. The play received its east coast premiere at the New Jersey Repertory Company on May 21, 1999. It was directed by SuzAnne Barabas.