Time Period - 1960s
Settings Of Play - A point of land near a lake in souther Wisconsin
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Scene work, Competition or audition material
Exterior Set, Bare Stage/Simple Set
Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Period Costumes
No Special Cautions
Appropriate for all audiences, Adult, Senior, Children (Age 6 - 10), Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13), Teen (Age 14 - 18)
High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Reader's Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Outdoor, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
This play is thought to represent middle-age, in Wilder's unfinished cycle of The Ages of Man.
On a point of land jutting into a lake in southern Wisconsin, the
Carter family enjoys a summer's eve. It's an evening like many others:
Nothing happens and everything happens. Each member of the family -
sixteen year-old Tom, his seventeen-year-old sister Francesca and their
parents, Mr. and Mrs. Carter - shares different memories somehow
connected with their surroundings. These memories color the mood of the
evening. Young Tom nearly gets into a fight over a girlfriend, whose
name, Violet, recalls a key image from his childhood. Francesca never
liked this promontory and though she's not sure why, her parents recall
their daughter burying a dead robin in that very spot. Mr. and Mrs.
Carter struggle with their middle-age in the context of poignant
personal memories of moments experienced on that section of rock.
Throughout the action, Wilder weaves a tapestry of animosities and
affections, memories and confessions, conscious and unconscious behavior
and the unfathomable formation of identity.