We Are Not These Hands

by  Sheila Callaghan

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  1m, 2f

"Bold and engaging, We Are Not These Hands is as fun as it is engaging...Rich in detail and full of humor and pathos." – Oakland Tribune
"Swaggering eccentricity...Callaghan takes a lavish mud bath in a broken language...Ripe apocalyptic slang; at its best, it's racy and unrefined, the kind of stuff you might imagine kids in the back alleys of a decaying world might sling around." – The Washington Post

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We Are Not These Hands

by  Sheila Callaghan

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    1m, 2f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Adventure
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Scene work
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

Ever since their school blew up, Moth and Belly have taken to stalking an illegal internet café in the hopes of one day being allowed in. They take particular interest in Leather, a skittish older man doing research in the café.

Leather is a self-proclaimed "freelance scholar" from a foreign land with a sketchy past and a sticky secret. Leather begins to fall head over heals in love with Moth... but what about Belly? This play explores the effects of rampant capitalism on a country that is ill-prepared for it.
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Accolades

  • Sheila Callaghan is the 2007 recipient of the Whiting Award for Drama

Reviews

REVIEWS:

"Bold and engaging, We Are Not These Hands is as fun as it is engaging...Rich in detail and full of humor and pathos. – Oakland Tribune

"Swaggering eccentricity...Callaghan takes a lavish mud bath in a broken language...Ripe apocalyptic slang; at its best, it's racy and unrefined, the kind of stuff you might imagine kids in the back alleys of a decaying world might sling around." – The Washington Post

"The gap between rich and poor yawns so wide it aches in Sheila Callaghan's We Are Not These Hands, but much of the ache is from laughter. Hands is a comically engaging, subversively penetrating look at the human cost of unbridled capitalism on both sides of the river...the anger of the play's social vision is partly concealed by its copious humor, emerging more forcefully after it's over...Hands bristles with bright, comic originality, particularly in depicting the limitations of its people." – San Francisco Chronicle

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Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Casting

1m, 2f
BELLY – Young woman, early teens (15 years), tough, hard, street-smart, incredibly dirty
MOTH – Young woman, early teens (15 years), bright, sweet, a little bit manipulative
LEATHER – Man, age 35-45, manic and odd
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Cast Attributes

  • Features Teens

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Authors

Sheila Callaghan

Sheila Callaghan's plays have been produced and developed with Soho Rep, Playwright's Horizons, Yale Rep, South Coast Repertory, Clubbed Thumb, The LARK, Actor's Theatre of Louisville, New Georges, The Flea, Woolly Mammoth, Boston Court, and Rattlestick Playwright's Theatre, among others. Sheila is the recipient of the ...

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We Are Not These Hands was commissioned by Eye of the Storm Theatre in Minneapolis, Minnesota; developed by Soho Rep in New York City; and workshopped by PlayPenn in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The play was first presented by Crowded Fire Theatre with support from The Playwrights Foundation in Berkley, California, in July 2006.

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