The Killdeer

by  Jay Broad

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  7m, 2f

"Not since Death of a Salesman has the despair of middle age been dramatized with such absorbing intensity. Through two acts of searing exposure, with lots of little jokes along the way to ease the bitterness, Jay Broad works for an archetypical history of the canker that may curdle any family's American Dream." - The Associated Press.

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The Killdeer

by  Jay Broad

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    7m, 2f
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

A day in the life of Ted and Sparky Snyder dramatizes what happens to an American couple that strives for the good life but finds only failure amid the rat race. Ted comes home after making the biggest sale of his life to find his children screaming obscenities and his wife contemplating suicide.
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Reviews

"Not since Death of a Salesman has the despair of middle age been dramatized with such absorbing intensity. Through two acts of searing exposure, with lots of little jokes along the way to ease the bitterness, Jay Broad works for an archetypical history of the canker that may curdle any family's American Dream." - The Associated Press.

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Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Casting

7m, 2f
TED
SPARKY
HUCK
SPIKE
GEORGIA
MARTY
CHARLIE REVERE
OTTOE BEETHOVEN
TONY KRABER
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Authors

Jay Broad

Jay Broad

The Killdeer was first produced by Joseph Papp at the New York Shakespeare Festival Public/Newman Theater in New York City on March 28, 1974. It was directed by Melvin Bernhardt.

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