Scab

by  Sheila Callaghan

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  1m, 3f

"Brilliantly and poetically rendered...[Callaghan's] playful sense of language and her attunement to her characters are enthralling." – Time Out Chicago

"Scab...is a textbook example of promising work, written with a yen for interesting language and liberally salted with well-observed details of the lives of newly minted adults...the play shines." – The New York Times

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    1m, 3f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Scene work
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

Anima's sphere of desperation and self-destruction is invaded by the arrival of her perky new roommate, Christa. Moved by a particularly malevolent statue of the Virgin Mary and a houseplant named Susan, Anima and Christa soon enter into a profound and intimate friendship that incurs traumatic results.
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Accolades

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

Reviews

REVIEWS

"Brilliantly and poetically rendered...[Callaghan's] playful sense of language and her attunement to her characters are enthralling. – Time Out Chicago

"Scab...is a textbook example of promising work, written with a yen for interesting language and liberally salted with well-observed details of the lives of newly minted adults...the play shines." – The New York Times

"Darkly funny forays into the surreal...Callaghan shows talent in the inventive fantasy sequences...A stylish production." – The Village Voice

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • 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
  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Casting

1m, 3f
ANIMA - 23 year-old woman
CHRISTA - 22 year-old woman
JENNA / ANGEL ONE – 20s-30s woman
ALAN / ARTIE / DAVIE / ANGEL TWO - 32 year-old man
MOM / KELLEE / MARY-ANDROGYNE - 40s woman
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Expandable casting
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

Casting Notes

Could expand to 2 male parts

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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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Scab was first presented at the Women's Expressive Theatre in New York City in 2002. Subsequent productions include Eternal Spiral Productions in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Impage Theatre in Berkley, California; and The Blue House Theatre in Los Angeles.


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