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Nature of Captivity, The - Full Length Play, Dark Comedy

Nature of Captivity, The

Matthew Paul Olmos

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Full Length Play, Dark Comedy

2m, 2f

ISBN: 9780573701009

Winner! 2011 BBC Top Prize of the Americas
In part one, a put'upon family is run from their home by a settlement of people. In part two, a settlement of people get a surprise guest while simply trying to run a put'upon family from their home.

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Description

Full Length Play

Dark Comedy

105 Minutes

Settings Of Play -

Versatile set: suggested a broken down house or makeshift home in act one; and a vacant or extravagant room in act two. Can be done minimalistic. 

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Stage Combat

Cutting Approved for Competition

Bare Stage/Simple Set, Opportunity for Spectacle

CAUTIONS

Gun Shots, Intense Adult Themes, Strong Language

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Outdoor, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

Princess Grace, BBC International Top Prize of The Americas Award

Winner! 2011 BBC Top Prize of the Americas

Inspired by the Dog Catcher Riots. In part one, a put'upon family is run from their home by a settlement of people. In part two, a settlement of people get a surprise guest while simply trying to run a put'upon family from their home.

"In this fascinating and intelligent play we are not given shades of grey, but absolute force being punched through defeating utterly last survivors. In the first act a quartet of actors are a makeshift family who are tyrannized by incoming settlers. In the second act the play inverts with the same actors playing the settlers. We know they are the same people. Now they drive the grinding machines that once were out to kill them.

This world is a firefight with explosions of laughter and outbreaks of kindness in the relentless progression of destruction and survival at any cost.

Everyone brings their own story to The Nature of Captivity with the feeling we are in the presence of the deepest of secrets." - Terry O'Reilly, Co-Artistic Director, Mabou Mines

The Nature of Captivity was first presented as a workshop production as part of Mabou Mines/SUITE Resident Artist Program at Performance Space 122 in New York City in March 2011. It was directed by Victor Malana Maog. Mentored by Ruth Maleczech and Terry O'Reilly, Mabou Mines Co-Artistic Directors

Characters

CASTING

2m, 2f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Flexible casting, Multicultural casting, Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle), Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

CASTING NOTES

The actors in the first act play differerent, but related characters, in the second act. 

1st Act
JUSTUS - the alpha
NELLIE – the one that needs protectin’
LULU – the one always out the house
GOOCH – in love with Lulu

2nd Act
JUSTIN - same actor as Justus
ELEANOR - same actress as Nellie
LUCY - same actress as Lulu
GOON - same actor as Gooch
Author
Matthew Paul Olmos

Matthew Paul Olmos

Matthew Paul Olmos was born and raised in Los Angeles to a police officer and Labor/Delivery nurse. He is a three-time Sundance Institute Fellowship/Residency recipient (2014 Lab, 2013 UCROSS, 2009 Time Warner Storytelling Fellow), New Dramatists Resident Playwright, the 2012 Princess Grace Awardee in Playwriting and was recently named by Sam Shepard as the inaugural recipient of the La MaMa e.t.c ... view full profile

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