Fall

by  Bridget Carpenter

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  3m, 2f

WINNER! 1999-2000 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize

"[The play] serves up some gentle truths about life, love and what your family is really worth [...]" – CultureVulture.net

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 2f
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Not Applicable
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Susan Smith Blackburn Prize
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Scene work
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

Fall brings us to a three-week getaway "Swing Camp," where middle-aged married couples like Jill and Dog practice their steps, mingle with other dance enthusiasts, and rekindle the flame. Their teenage daughter Lydia, however, is decidedly not an enthusiast in any sense, preferring scuba classes and sarcasm to the magic of the Shim Sham, shags, and Lindy Hop that have dancers – and their accompanying passions – swirling all around her. Lydia's self-imposed isolation gives way when Mr. Gonzales, her mother's quiet colleague, begins to pay attention to her. She learns to dance; she allows herself to fall in love. When Lydia's dance teacher Gopal reveals Lydia's secret, her family is unexpectedly tested. Ultimately, Lydia and Jill come to realize that leading and following are skills crucial not only to swing dancers, but to mothers and daughters as well.

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Accolades

  • Winner! 1999-2000 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize

Reviews

REVIEWS:

"[The play] serves up some gentle truths about life, love and what your family is really worth. Seasoned with the music of the 40s and spiced with a little romance, it's a tasty morsel, if not a full meal." – CultureVulture.net

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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Intense Adult Intense Adult Themes
  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: Southern California. Outside, inside, and around an enormous ballroom build in 1920. It overlooks the sea.
  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

3m, 2f

LYDIA - 14
JILL - 34
DOG - 44
GOPAL - 24
MR GONZALES - 24
LEAD
FOLLOW

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Cast Attributes

  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Features Teens
  • Multicultural casting
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

Casting Notes

This play includes 2 dancers - LEAD and FOLLOW

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Authors

Bridget Carpenter

Bridget Carpenter has written many plays. Her work has been produced by Steppenwolf, Center Stage, Berkeley Repertory Company, Trinity Rep, Syracuse Stage, Actors Theatre of Louisville, and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, among many others. Plays include Fall (Susan Smith Blackburn Prize), The Faculty Room (Kesselrin ...

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The world premiere of Fall was produced by Trinity Repertory Company in May 2000.

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