Crawl, Fade to White

by  Sheila Callaghan

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  3m, 3f

"A gutsy writer with a gift for creating vivid images rooted in the emotional life of her characters." - The New York Times
"Audiences trying to process this engagingly quirky new play might find themselves gaping - like they're watching the cosmos disrobe.'" - Time Out New York


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Crawl, Fade to White

by  Sheila Callaghan

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 3f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

A scream is heard throughout the stratosphere. It is the voice of the lamp. Louise is selling this expensive family heirloom to keep her daughter April in school and cease her more sordid "consultant" profession. April rushes home with lover in tow to halt the proceedings and save the lamp, but it has been intercepted by a quiet and bizarre middle-aged couple with a haunting secret. Attempts to reclaim the lamp are made, as a misplaced father slowly fades to white in the background.
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Accolades

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

Reviews

REVIEWS

"A gutsy writer with a gift for creating vivid images rooted in the emotional life of her characters. " - The New York Times

"...Troubled and precocious college dropout April is described to her mother, Louise, as 'stunningly brilliant' – a line that fits her creator, Sheila Callaghan. The odd characters populating Crawl, Fade to White frantically eat dirt and twist menacingly. Audiences trying to process this engagingly quirky new play might find themselves gaping - like they're watching the cosmos disrobe.'" - Time Out New York

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community 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
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Casting

3m, 3f
LOUISE / YOUNG LOUISE – Female, 38…
FRAN / VOICE – Female, 45-55
DAN – Male, 45-55
APRIL – Female, early twenties
NOLAN – Male, early twenties
NIKO – Male, 28-32
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast

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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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Crawl, Fade to White was commissioned by South Coast Repertory Theatre in Costa Mesa, California; developed at the Playwright's Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota; and first performed at Theatre of NOTE in Los Angeles, California, in 2005. A revised version of the play was subsequently workshopped at Fordham University in New York City in winter 2008.

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