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Rivers Under the Earth, The - Short Play, Drama

Rivers Under the Earth, The

Thornton Wilder

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Short Play, Drama

2m, 2f

ISBN: 9780573601118

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.

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Description

Short Play

Drama

30 minutes

Time Period - 1960s

Settings Of Play - A point of land near a lake in souther Wisconsin

FEATURES / CONTAINS

No intermission

Scene work, Competition or audition material

Exterior Set, Bare Stage/Simple Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Period Costumes

CAUTIONS

No Special Cautions

TARGET AUDIENCE

Appropriate for all audiences, Adult, Senior, Children (Age 6 - 10), Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13), Teen (Age 14 - 18)

PERFORMANCE GROUP

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.

Characters

CASTING

2m, 2f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Ensemble cast, Non-Traditional casting, Features Teens, Multicultural casting

MRS. CARTER - mother, 38
TOM - her son, 16
FRANCESCA - her daughter, 17
MR. CARTER - their father, 43
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MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

Author
Thornton Wilder

Thornton Wilder

Thornton Wilder (1897-1975), born in Madison, Wisconsin, and educated at Yale and Princeton, was an accomplished novelist and playwright whose works explore the connection between the commonplace and the cosmic dimensions of human experience. The Bridge of San Luis Rey, one of his seven novels, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1928, and his next-to-last novel, The Eighth Day received the National Book ... view full profile

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