Prisoner

by  James A. Bell

Full Length Play, Drama  /  14m, 1f, 2boy(s) or girl(s)

Winner! National New Play Award at the 1994 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival

Set inside the Hoa Lo prison in Hanoi, this drama provides a close up look at experiences of actual POWs in Vietnam.

Navy Lieutenant Gerald Coffee was captured in North Vietnam in 1966. Prisoner follows his experiences with guards who end…

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    14m, 1f, 2boy(s) or girl(s)
  • Duration

    Duration

    105 Minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Biography, Docudrama/Historic
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    KCACTF: Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival New Play,
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

Set inside the Hoa Lo prison in Hanoi, this drama provides a close up look at experiences of actual POWs in Vietnam.

Navy Lieutenant Gerald Coffee was captured in North Vietnam in 1966. Prisoner follows his experiences with guards who endeavored to strip away his identity and break his will, and depicts how he finds the means to survive by communicating secretly with other prisoners. The terrors and the fleeting joys, including moments of connection and humanity between captor and captive, are brought to life on the stage. After three years of torture in captivity, Lt. Coffee is offered the ultimate temptation: he will be set free if he writes a letter to Ho Chi Minh requesting amnesty. An inspiring story of life and honor, Prisoner was honored at the 1994 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.

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Accolades

  • Winner! National New Play Award at the 1994 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival

Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • Artboard 3 Gun Shots
  • Caution Intense Adult Intense Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1960s
  • Duration: 105 Minutes
  • Additional Features: Stage Combat

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

14m, 1f, 2boy(s) or girl(s)
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Multicultural casting

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Authors

James A. Bell

James A. Bell

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