OOHRAH!

by  Bekah Brunstetter

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  4m, 3f

"The young scribe's talent and potential are obvious in this Southern-basted dramatic comedy about the war mystique as it plays out on the American home front..." — Variety

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4m, 3f
  • Duration

    Duration

    105 Minutes
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Off-Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior

Additional Info

Ron is back from his third and final tour in Iraq, and his wife Sara is excited to restart their life together in their new home. When a young marine visits the family, life is turned upside down. Sara's sister is swept off her feet; her daughter Lacey trades her dresses for combat boots, and Ron gets hungry for real military action. In this disarmingly funny and candid drama, Bekah Brunstetter raises challenging questions about what it means when the military is woven into the fabric of a family, and service is far more than just a job.
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Reviews

REVIEWS

"The young scribe's talent and potential are obvious in this Southern-basted dramatic comedy about the war mystique as it plays out on the American home front... — Variety

"...Poignancy and terrific humor in both the writing and performances..."" - Theatremania.com

"If there's anything that stands out about Oohrah! at the Atlantic Theater Company's Stage II, it's the off-Broadway introduction of playwright Bekah Brunstetter, whose play is a fascinating, original take on something we've come to see rather often nowadays: the war play.... Let's hope we hear her voice uptown again real soon." - nytheatre.com

"The play skillfully depicts how the demands of military service affect an individual family and society as a whole. Brunstetter's people are real and funny. She never condescends to them or treats them as symbols to put a point across...A big hurrah for Oohrah!Back Stage

"There have been plenty of plays about the Iraq War on New York stages in the past several years but few that deal as directly with the viewpoints of military families as Oohrah!... Bekah Brunstetter makes an impressively smart debut (no one could argue that she doesn't have dramatic chops)" — MusicOMH

Videos

  • Bekah Brunstetter on OORAH!
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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: $100 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Duration: 105 Minutes
  • Setting: Fayetteville, North Carolina, and an airplane above it.
  • 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, 3f

ABBY - Late-20s, a stewardess.
RON - Mid-30s, a captain in the US Army. AT home: a lover and father and squash planter.
SARA - Mid-30s, petite, pretty, Abby's sister, trophy with of Ron, simple.
LACEY - Ron and Sara's 14 year old daughter, a future US Marine.
CHRISTOPHER - Mis-20s, Skinny, The modern young man: pale, technologically advanced. A security guard at the local airport, scared of most things.
CHIP - Early 20s, large forced muscles, a high and tight, a lifer.
POP POP - Sara and Abby's aged grandfather, a veteran, suffers from dementia.

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Authors

Bekah Brunstetter

Bekah hails from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and currently lives in Los Angeles. Plays include The Cake (Ojai Playwrights Conference), Going to a Place where you already are (South Coast Repertory), The Oregon Trail (Portland Center Stage Fall 2016, O’Neill Playwrights Conference; Flying V) Cutie and Bear ( Round ...

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OOHRAH! premiered at the Atlantic Theatre Company in New York City in September 2009 under the direction of Evan Cabnet.

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