Whose Family Values!

by  Richard Abrons

Full Length Play, Drama  /  4m, 4f

"Mesmerizing...thought-provoking." - New York Amsterdam News


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Whose Family Values!

by  Richard Abrons

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4m, 4f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Not Applicable
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

Charles Boyd is an ardent anti-abortion activist with ingrained racist attitudes. His eldest son Bruce abhors these views. In fact, his first-hand experiences working with underprivileged young people have deepened his pro-choice stance. He returns home for the first time in twenty years for his brother's wedding and sparks fly, especially when Bruce learns that his father is in contact with a man who is threatening to bomb a Planned Parenthood center and has not called the police. The arrival of Bruce's black girlfriend, an articulate young social worker who has had an abortion and passionately defends her decision, adds another explosive dimension to this exploration of what actions are justified in defense of your beliefs.
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Reviews

"Mesmerizing...thought-provoking." - New York Amsterdam News

“Phillp Rose has staged Abrons' unsettling story with tension, grace, and wit. Together they have fashioned a contemporary social drama along the lines of Odets, offering both sides Of reasoning on the topics being debated. Their ensemble cast works well together, with Rubens as the opinionated patriarch. Hutchison and Coleman as the outspoken interracial couple, and Gammy L. Singer as the family cook giving the most compelling portrayals.” - Backstage

“A highlight is the almost surreal moment when Bruce and the family's cook, Cecelia (the affable Gammy L. Singer), suddenly drop into a playful massa'-slave routine…It's a moment of very smart playwriting, in which an interesting and unexpected bit of human interaction tells us an enormous amount about the characters and those around them.” - Theatermania.com

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Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: Clayton, Missouri, a Suburb of St Louis.
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

4m, 4f

CHARLES BOYD
PATRICIA BOYD, his wife
STEVEN BOYD, younger son
MARY SLADE, Steven's finacee
BRUCE BOYD, older son
CECELIA JOHNSON, the cook
DETECTIVE TURNER
DOREEN GAYNOR

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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Multicultural casting

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Authors

Richard Abrons

Richard Abrons has received productions of his plays in New York and Los Angeles including: The Body Politic (59East59 St. Theater), Three Travelers (Odyssey Theatre), Three Travelers (St. Clements), Whose F ...

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Produced by the New Federal Theatre, in New York, at the Clurman Theatre.

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