Full Length Play
Time Period - 1980s
Settings Of Play - Miami, 1978. The sunken living room in a suburban home.
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Physical Comedy, Stage Combat
Interior Set, Bare Stage/Simple Set
Drugs, Intense Adult Themes, Strong Language, Nudity/Partial Nudity, Open Flame, Smoking
Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)
College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
November, 1978. Wade Minnick, 16, is a slender, effeminate bookworm in
suburban Miami. With his distracted mother out playing Bridge, and his
pilot father away on a trip, Wade settles down in the family's showpiece
living room to read A Passage To India. His volatile brother Chip, 17, takes off on a dubious errand, leaving Wade alone with Chip's foxy pothead girlfriend. "Freak" Tammy teaches "brain" Wade more about life and about himself than he could learn from a dozen novels. And when Chip returns, having scored and snorted some serious drugs, Wade's gonna need every ounce of his newfound courage and compassion.
"A moving period drama about emotional abandonment...a witty and deep piece on many levels." -nytheatre.com
"...Unsettling, funny, poignant... Caudle's writing is full of humor, compassion, keen observation and period-perfect language..." -The Miami Herald
"...Sharp period piece... blistering family drama... The Sunken Living Room is a drama with much to say about growing up too soon in a world that's moving too fast." -Sun Sentinel
"Sidelined by the hurricanes, The Sunken Living Room is back at home in Miami, all the better for South Florida audiences, who get to be the first of what will surely be many audiences to experience this delicious drama." -Miami ArtZine
"David Caudle's new play... is a rarity: a realistic, linear comedy-drama that holds and entertains its audience with an authentic slice of dysfunctional family life."...funny, touching and disturbing, ...dramatically buoyant theatre." -Times-Picayune
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The Sunken Living Room received its world premiere at the New Theatre in Miami, Florida, in a co-production with Southern Rep on September 27, 2006. It was directed by Ryan Rilette. HOWL! Arts Project and The Actors Fund presented the NYC premiere of The Sunken Living Room in September, 2010 during their benefit festival at Theatre 80.