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Cabin Fever: A Texas Tragicomedy - Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

Cabin Fever: A Texas Tragicomedy

Mark Dunn

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Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

2m, 5f

ISBN: 9780573627460

"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
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.

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Description

Full Length Play

Dramatic Comedy

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

Interior Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

CAUTIONS

Gun Shots, Mild Adult Themes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult

PERFORMANCE GROUP

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.
Characters

CASTING

2m, 5f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

AUBREY BECKLE - the father, 61
GEORGINE BECKLE - the youngest daughter, 28
KAREN BECKLE HOFFMANN - the oldest daughter, 35
CESCA BECKLE CODY - the second oldest daughter, 33
PIDGE BECKLE - the third oldest daughter, 30
MICHAEL CODY - Cesca's husband, 35
TAMMY PRATT - the great aunt, 78
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MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

Author
Mark Dunn

Mark Dunn

Mark Dunn is the author of over thirty full-length plays, with two of his one-acts and eleven of his full-lengths published in acting edition by Samuel French, Inc. His award-winning plays BELLES, FIVE TELLERS DANCING IN THE RAIN, NORTH FORK: A TEXAS TRAGICOMEDY and A DELIGHTFUL QUARANTINE have together been produced nearly 300 times throughout the world. Dunn writes largely for the amateur ... view full profile

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Pamela Stith 7/10/2014 5:16 PM
     Mark Dunn understands and creates flawed yet lovable characters in all his plays. He beautifully conveys how a dysfunctional family functions in Cabin Fever. The play is much more "comedy" than "tragedy."  Moreover, each character offers a range of challenges and choices for the actors. Exploring the family dynamics of the Beckle clan ultimately reveals how the unconditional love we receive from a supportive family can help heal the hurts life inflicts upon us all - and gives the audience a good time recognizing how they function within their own families.      

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