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Rocket City, Alabam' - Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

Rocket City, Alabam'

Mark Saltzman

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Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

6m, 3f

ISBN: 9780573697579

Book, Lyrics, and Music by Mark Saltzman
"Through Rocket City we are provoked into assessing our own beliefs and any ambiguities in our moral principles—the play also confronts its audiences with challenges to issues of race relations, gender politics, religious tolerance, mili…

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Description

Full Length Play

Dramatic Comedy

Biography, Period, Docudrama/Historic, Romantic Comedy

105 Minutes

Time Period - 1950s

Settings Of Play -

Huntsville, Alabama, early 1950's

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Play w/ Music

Interior Set, Unit Set/Multiple Settings, Bare Stage/Simple Set

Period Costumes

CAUTIONS

No Special Cautions

TARGET AUDIENCE

Appropriate for all audiences

PERFORMANCE GROUP

Jr High/Primary, High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Senior Theatre, Reader's Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Outdoor, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups, Church / Religious Groups, Youth/Camp Programs, Tours

Rocket City, Alabam', a play with songs, captures a formerly suppressed, true-life episode in the history of the American South, presenting a story of secrets, colorful Southern characters, and several famous songs of the region -- blues, spirituals and gospel. At the dawn of the Cold War, the early 1950's, a young, brash, Army major, Hamilton Pike, quietly brings notorious Nazi rocket scientist and former Hitler employee Wernher Von Braun to Huntsville, Alabama, a cotton town selected to become America's "Rocket City." But Huntsville has a Jewish community over a century and emotions ignite when Amy Lubin, the Jewish fiancee of local war hero Jed Kessler learns of Von Braun's Nazi past. With senstivity and humor. Rocket City, Alabam' presents the moral dilemmas of idealism vs. practicality, of revenge vs. forgiveness, all this accomapnied by classic Southern songs, including "Down By the Riverside," "Alabama Bound," "This Little Light of Mine" and many more. Rocket City, Alabam' was developed at Alabama Shakespeare Festival in its Southern Writers Project.

"Through Rocket City we are provoked into assessing our own beliefs and any ambiguities in our moral principles—the play also confronts its audiences with challenges to issues of race relations, gender politics, religious tolerance, military authority and the divide between North and South that remain with us today." - Michael P. Howley, Montgomery Advertiser

Alabama Shakespeare Festival, 2008

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CASTING

6m, 3f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Role(s) for Black Actor(s), Expandable casting

AMY LUBIN – Young New York woman, early 20s
MAJOR HAMILTON PIKE, JR . – American blue-blood, Princeton- educated Army officer. Mid-20s to early 30s
JED KESSLER – Amy's Alabama-born fiancé, 20s
WERNHER VON BRAUN – The German rocket genius.
ISRAEL WATKINS - African-American WWII vet and local entertainer. 
SUSANNA PRUITT - The leader of Huntsville society and columnist for the local paper. 

Two multi-role actors. 
One multi-role actress.
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