Full Length Play
Time Period - Contemporary
Settings Of Play - Interior of an apartment, a subway platform, and a subway train. The components of these locations are a bed, subway train, a pole, a window, doors, and seats.
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Mime, No intermission, Physical Comedy, Play w/ Music
Cutting Approved for Competition
Unit Set/Multiple Settings, Bare Stage/Simple Set, Opportunity for Spectacle
Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
Alcohol, Drugs, Strong Language, Smoking
Adult, Senior, Teen (Age 14 - 18)
College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Reader's Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
Agnes Under the Big Top: A Tall Tale explores the intersecting lives of several immigrants in a US city. It is a magical tale of hope and disappointment, identity and reinvention, narrated by an itinerant subway busker. Against the subterranean rhythms of a subway train, a Liberian home care worker, a former Bulgarian ringmaster and his wife, an Indian call center escapee, and a bed-ridden American woman, find and redefine themselves in today’s America.
"Rich in feeling, wide in scope, teeming with poetry and sprinkled with Bulgarian." - The New York Times
"...a tough and tender play...that is as graceful and evocative as trapeze artists flying through air with the greatest of ease." - Variety
"...Kapil has created a masterly matrix for what are essentially first-person short stories told by the five main characters...this lyrical, bittersweet play is a spirit-soaring experience." - Hartford Courant
Agnes Under the Big Top was commissioned by Mixed Blood Theatre, and selected as a NEA Distinguished New Play Development Project as part of the NEA New Play Development Program. The play was presented in a National New Play Network rolling world premiere at Mixed Blood Theatre (MN), Long Wharf Theatre (CT), and Borderlands Theatre (AZ). The play opened at The Mixed Blood Theatre, under artistic director Jack Reuler, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on February 18, 2011. It was directed by the author. The play opened at Long Wharf Theatre, under artistic director Gordon Edelstein, in New Haven, Connecticut, on March 9, 2011. It was directed by Eric Ting. The play opened at Borderlands Theatre in Tucson, Arizona, on February 9, 2012. It was directed by artistic director Barclay Goldsmith.