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Belleville - Full Length Play, Drama

Belleville

Amy Herzog

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Full Length Play, Drama

2m, 2f

ISBN: 9780573700385

Nominee! 2013 Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Play

"Ms. Herzog’s thrillingly good play, confirms her reputation as one of the brightest new talents in the theater. It is rare for a young playwright to be in such confident command of all the theater’s resources as Ms. Herzog is here…among the most suspenseful plays I’ve seen in years” – The New York Times

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Description

Full Length Play

Drama

90 minutes

Time Period - Contemporary

Settings Of Play - An apartment in Belleville, Paris.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

No intermission

Scene work

Interior Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

CAUTIONS

Alcohol, Drugs, Strong Language, Mild Adult Themes, Nudity/Partial Nudity, Smoking

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult

PERFORMANCE GROUP

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

Winner! 2012 New York Times Outstanding Playwright Award
Finalist! 2013 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize
Nominee! 2013 Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Play 

Amy Herzog is the 2011 recipient of the Whiting Award for Drama

Young Americans Zack and Abby have the perfect ex-pat life in Paris: a funky bohemian apartment in up-and-coming Belleville; a stable marriage; and Zack’s noble mission to fight pediatric AIDS. But when Abby finds Zack at home one afternoon when he’s supposed to be at work, the questions and answers that follow shake the foundation of their seemingly beautiful life.

REVIEWS

"Ms. Herzog’s thrillingly good play, confirms her reputation as one of the brightest new talents in the theater. It is rare for a young playwright to be in such confident command of all the theater’s resources as Ms. Herzog is here…among the most suspenseful plays I’ve seen in years” – The New York Times, Read More Here

Belleville is engrossing. Herzog does a great job of capturing the stereotypical arrogance of Americans living in a foreign country… But that's just one element of the increasingly complex and relentlessly surprising characters that Herzog has created.”" - Hartford Arts Examiner, Read More Here

Belleville is much more dramatic, or rather melodramatic, than a simple unraveling of a relationship. Herzog wants to show you the hopelessness and rage that can spiral out of the stresses of everyday living, but she really cares about raising the entertainment value of the experience. Belleville is funny. It’s suspenseful. It’s mock-shocking, then genuinely horrifying.” – New Haven Theatre Jerk, Read More Here

Belleville was first commissioned and produced by Yale Repertory Theater, under artistic director James Bundy and managing director Victoria Nolan, in New Haven, Connectictut, opening October 21, 2011. It was directed by Anne Kauffman.
Characters

CASTING

2m, 2f

CHORUS SIZE

No Chorus

ABBY - Twenty-eight, American, white
ZACK - Twenty eight, American, white
ALIOUNE - Twenty-five, French-Senegalese
AMINA - Twenty-five, French-Senegalese
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MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

Author
Amy Herzog

Amy Herzog

Amy Herzog’s plays include After the Revolution (Williamstown Theater Festival; Playwrights Horizons; Lilly Award), 4000 Miles (Lincoln Center; Obie Award for the Best New American Play, Pulitzer Prize Finalist), The Great God Pan (Playwrights Horizons), and Belleville (Yale Rep; New York Theatre Workshop; Susan Smith Blackburn Prize Finalist; Drama Desk Nomination). Amy is a recipient of the ... view full profile

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Reviews
Kelli Cunningham 5/9/2015 12:18 PM
Lisa Adler 1/3/2014 2:58 PM
Excellent tight writing, suspense thriller and relationship drama about a young American couple living in Paris whose life turns out to be built on lies to each other and themselves.    Very dark in outlook, no happy ending here.  Excellent roles for two twenty-something actors.  Clearly a gifted writer, serious issues are explored effectively in the context of a "thriller".
David Mcguff 10/17/2013 11:03 AM
Reading the play I never felt like any character was likable, all characters were two-dimensional, and events unfolded at a haphazard pace, and were seemingly unmotivated by anything but plot contrivances. I was quite excited to read this show, but found myself wholly disappointed.

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