Savage World

by  Stephen Fife

Full Length Play, Drama  /  6m, 2f

Solomon Eisner, a former freelance journalist is trying to find a way to repair his broken relationship with his bi-racial son Danny.  Sol has tried to protect Danny from a dangerous past, but now he decides to videotape himself telling about this dark chapter from his youth that led to Danny’s birth...

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Savage World

by  Stephen Fife

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    6m, 2f
  • Duration

    Duration

    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Period
  • Audience

    Target Audience

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

Additional Info

2016 revised, reduced cast version. 

Solomon Eisner, a former freelance journalist is trying to find a way to repair his broken relationship with his bi-racial son Danny.  Sol has tried to protect Danny from a dangerous past, but now he decides to videotape himself telling about this dark chapter from his youth that led to Danny’s birth.  The play dramatizes Sol’s attempt to save his son from a descent into violence, as Sol travels back to the 1970s, chronicling his quest to prove the innocence of “Savage” James, an outspoken black boxer who has been convicted of murdering a Jewish couple during the Newark riots.  The play alternates between these two realities (the 1970s and “the present”), as Sol tries to rediscover the thread of belief and conviction that can give his son an understanding of events that Sol himself has not been able to come to terms with.  

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Accolades

  • "One of the Best Productions in Los Angeles 2008" by Backstage West.  
    "One of the Top 10 Playwrights (Stephen Fife) in Los Angeles 2008" by Backstage West.

Reviews

“CRITIC'S PICK. Stephen Fife has created an epic American play… What Fife and his crew have accomplished is haunting…and unmistakably commendable.”   - Backstage West

Savage World is proof of the power of theater: the ability to dramatize the struggles, triumphs of one and the many, and how story brings us together to see a part of the world we can only dare imagine.” - Tolucan Times

“At the end, the audience rewarded the huge cast with enthusiastic applause and a standing ovation... [Savage World] grabs your imagination and holds your interest." - reviewplays.com

“The juicy core of the conflict is whether [the boxer] "Savage" James is indeed not guilty... [It's] an intense character-driven drama...” - The LA Weekly

“Savage World is very intense…on the subjects of wrongful conviction, racial issues, the drive of a person to do what is right… Judge this play as a dramatic struggle for justice rather than another 'sports' issue.” - Accessibily Live Off-Line

Videos

  • Savage World - Trailer
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Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • Caution Intense Adult Intense Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day, 1970s
  • Duration: More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: The Play takes place in dual times and places: Trenton State maximum security prison and other locations (mostly in New Jersey) from 1975-77 (except for one in 1966) and Park Slope, Brooklyn in “The Present” (2007-10).
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Period Costumes

Casting

6m, 2f
Calvin “Savage” James – Male, 36-40, African-American
Solomon “Sol” Eisner – Male, 45-55, white (plays himself at 25 as well as at 57)
Detective Frank Slezak, fight announcer, prison guard – Male, 40, white
Adele Sparks, ella, carly, woman motorist – Female, 35, African-American
Tyrone Bell, Radio voice, danny (sol’s son), barry baker, buster, reporter, guards – Male, 26, African-American
Mel Thomas, Harley Mack, Vernon Tate, Guard, Stentorian Voice, reporter – Male, 50, African-American
Jimmy Lugo, Maxie Lazlo, Creech, DJ, Reporter, ray braniff, dad, rooks, guard – Male, 35-40, white
Belinda, Tina, LA DJ, Wendy White, polly, policewoman – Female, 35-40, white
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Expandable casting
  • Flexible casting
  • Multicultural casting
  • Room for Extras
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)

Casting Notes

The play requires a minimum of 8 actors - 6 Men and 2 Women - with some playing one role and others playing multiple roles.  The suggested breakdown is meant to be flexible.  

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Authors

Stephen Fife

Stephen Fife – His new play Blue Kiss recently finished a run as part of the Hollywood Fringe, where one critic called it “a sly and brilliant conundrum.” His other new play, The American Wife – co-written with Ralph Pezzullo - has been chosen by HB Playwrights in New York City for th ...

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Savage World was produced at the Met Theater in Hollywood, CA on October 9 - November 16, 2008.  It was co-produced by Paul Koslo and Stealfire Productions and directed by L. Flint Esquerra. The stage manager was Lloyd F. Reese.

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