Korea

by  Bill Bozzone

Full Length Play, Drama  /  5m, 1f

"Deft observations ... about the nonmilitant military life and a young man's desire to come of age." - New York Times

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    Cast Size

    5m, 1f
  • Audience

    Target Audience

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

Additional Info

In 1968, during the height of the Vietnam war, Bobby Costello and Walter Dybek two young men barely out of their teens are sent to Korea with their Air National Guard unit. Bobby, "Dear John ed" by his girlfriend at home, quickly falls in love with a Korean woman named Chae. Walter, feeling abandoned by his lifelong buddy, chooses to befriend Stokes, a domineering bigot he and Bobby bunk with. Constantly haunting all of them are the foreboding radio reports involving the war in Vietnam and the racial unrest in the United States. Sides are being chosen, even among the G.I.'s who have pledged to stand together, and the moral values of both Bobby and Walter soon come into question. By the play's end, Bobby realizes the responsibility he has to himself and to society, while Walter plunges blithely into a darker world of hate.
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Reviews

"[Makes] deft observations ... about the nonmilitant military life and a young man's desire to come of age." - New York Times

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Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

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Details

  • Time Period: 1960s
  • Setting: 1968, Korea
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

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5m, 1f
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Authors

Bill Bozzone

Bill Bozzone's published plays include Rose Cottages, House Arrest, Korea, and Buck Fever and Other Plays. Among his published one-acts are "Sonny DeRee's Life Flashes Before His Eyes," "Salvation," "War," and "Saxophone Music." For film he wrote the screenplay Full Moon in Blue Water, which starred Gene Hackman, and c ...

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