Food and Shelter

by  Jane Anderson

Full Length Play, Drama  /  4m, 2f, 1girl(s)

"Heart wrenching.... Jane Anderson relentlessly presses her point that nothing like the events on stage should be happening in such a wealthy country." - Variety
"Powerful." - San Francisco Examiner Chronicle

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Food and Shelter

by  Jane Anderson

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4m, 2f, 1girl(s)
  • Duration

    Duration

    105 Minutes
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Off-Broadway
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Cutting Approved for Competition
    • Monologues
    • Scene work
    • Competition or audition material
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

Reduced to living in his car, an unemployed factory worker wins a small lottery prize and treats his family to a day at Disneyland. They hide in the park to spend a night in the Swiss family Robinson tree house. In the morning, frustration turns to violence when Earl cannot even afford an ice cream for his little girl. Though charges are dropped, Earl can no longer cope and he leaves his family. Mother and child struggle to survive. When Earl eventually returns having found a job, his desperate wife has lost the ability to trust and to hope.
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Reviews

REVIEWS

"Heart wrenching.... Jane Anderson relentlessly presses her point that nothing like the events on stage should be happening in such a wealthy country." - Variety

"Powerful." - San Francisco Examiner Chronicle

Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Duration: 105 Minutes
  • Setting: Present day. Act I: Disneyland. Act II: various locations around Hollywood and East Los Angeles.
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Casting

4m, 2f, 1girl(s)

LOIS - in her mid to late twenties. From the East Coast.
EARL - her husband. In his mid to late twenties, also from the East Coast.
CHRISSIE - their four year-old daughter.
LAMAR - a black man in his twenties to early thirties.
A DISNEYLAND COP/ A CLERK - both these parts can be played by one actor, someone who matches Earl's age.
A LIBRARIAN - a woman in her forties, not necessarily white, and not necessarily American-born.

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Authors

Jane Anderson

Jane Anderson is an Emmy award-winning writer and director for theater, film and television. Plays include: Mother of the Maid, The Baby Dance, Baby Dance: Mixed, Defying Gravity, Looking for Normal, The Quality of Life, The Escort, Lynette at 3AM, Food & Shelter and The Last Time We Saw Her. Her latest play, Mother ...

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Food and Shleter was first presented at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, in December 1990. It was directed by Joy Carlin. The play was subsequently presented Off Broadway at the Vineyard Theatre in New York City, in May 1991. It was directed by Andre Ernotte.

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