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Sunken Living Room, The - Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

Sunken Living Room, The

David Caudle

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Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

2m, 2f

ISBN: 9780573662492

"A moving period drama about emotional abandonment...a witty and deep piece on many levels." -nytheatre.com
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.

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Description

Full Length Play

Dramatic Comedy

Period

105 Minutes

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

Period Costumes

CAUTIONS

Drugs, Intense Adult Themes, Strong Language, Nudity/Partial Nudity, Open Flame, Smoking

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)

PERFORMANCE GROUP

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.


REVIEWS:

"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.
Characters

CASTING

2m, 2f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Non-Traditional casting, Features Teens, Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)

WADE - 16, a scrawny, naive bookworm who is not yet aware that he's gay
LYNNETTE - early 40s, Wade's attractive but distracted mother
CHIP - 17, Wade's sexy, athletic, volatile brother
TAMMY - 17, Chip's sexually-experienced pothead girlfriend
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MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

Author

David Caudle

David Caudle is a recent alumnus of the Dorothy Strelsin New American Writers Group at Primary Stages, where he has developed several plays, including Downward Facing Debbie, Likeness, Leg Man, South Beach Rapture, Damsel and The Common Swallow, and most recently, the original musical Show People, with music composed by James Rubio. His play Visiting Hours recently premiered to critical acclaim, ... view full profile

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Reviews
Scott Wilson 6/15/2013 5:57 PM
"The Sunken Living Room" is that rare piece of dramatic literature that actually appeals to a younger demographic, in that it deals with issues that are, and always will be, of major importance to anyone dealing with the trials and tribulations of "growing up." Caudle has created a very realistic look at a very vulnerable point in life. As a professor of both high school and college theatre students, I have used this play for both intense script analysis and scene-work. Students easily identify with the universal themes developed in "Sunken Living Room;" themes that Caudle masterfully balances with humor, sensitivity, directness, and, ultimately, a sense of hope.
Shannon Robert 6/13/2013 5:39 PM
David Caudle is masterful at creating wonderfully honest characters who find themselves in bizarre situations. The Sunken Living Room is one of those plays where you find yourself chasing a tear with heartfelt laughter.  I recommend this play with both thumbs up high. It is a great read and makes for a fantastic production.
Adam Szymkowicz [W] 6/12/2013 7:05 AM
David's work is deeply human without being sentimental and deeply funny while finding the humanity.  You should read and probably produce this play.

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