The Mourners' Bench

by  George Brant

Full Length Play, Drama  /  2m, 4f

An emotional puzzle-play that skips back and forth in time as it tells the story of a living room and its three sets of inhabitants, all struggling to overcome the tragedy that took place within its walls.

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The Mourners' Bench

by  George Brant

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 4f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

An emotional puzzle-play that skips back and forth in time as it tells the story of a living room and its three sets of inhabitants, all struggling to overcome the tragedy that took place within its walls.

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Reviews

“Shattering…hypnotic…a poetic, evocative play that manages to pack an emotional punch. Its construction is almost as masterful as its dialogue.” - The Providence Journal

"First-rate...a gleaming gem...haunting." - The Boston Globe

“Remarkable…a breathtaking piece of modern American theater…explosive…a must see.” – The Sun Chronicle

“Powerful...an exquisitely performed sonata…why regional repertory theaters came to exist in the first place.” – Providence Phoenix

“Touchingly humorous…absorbing and thought provoking…will stay in your memory.” – The Woonsocket Call

“Brilliant…seldom does a new play come along that challenges the audience in such a positive, thoughtful way.” – Warwick Beacon

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

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

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day, 1990s
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting:

    A living room. 

  • Additional Features: No intermission, Stage Combat
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Casting

2m, 4f

MELISSA - early 30’s, tightly wound, a survivor

BOBBY - two years younger than Melissa, alcoholic, childish, occasionally maudlin 

WILMA - mid-30’s, a kind woman, feels everything deeply

CAROLINE - early 40’s, direct force of nature, attractive in a severe way

SARAH - late 40’s - early 50’s, deeply in love, glows despite ill health

JOE - 50’s, deeply in love, generous, understanding

All pairs of characters share a common emotional language.

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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Flexible casting

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Authors

George Brant

George Brant’s plays include Grounded, Marie and Rosetta, Elephant’s Graveyard, The Mourners’ Bench, Into the Breeches!, Any Other Name, Salvage, Grizzly Mama, Three Voyages of the Lobotomobile, and Dark Room. An Affiliate Writer at the Playwrights' Center, his scripts have been produced internationally by the Public T ...

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The Mourners' Bench premiered at Trinity Repertory Company, in Providence, Rhode Island in March of 2012, under the direction of Michael Perlman.

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