Roses in December

by  Victor Cahn

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

"Rich and revealing." - The New Yorker

"Written beautifully as a series of letters, this warm and satisfying work follows in the footsteps of A.R. Gurney's Love Letters and deserves to become just as enduringly popular... Cahn se…

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Roses in December

by  Victor Cahn

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    1m, 1f
  • Duration

    Duration

    75 Minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Not Applicable
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

In this play of letters, a young official in a college alumni office invites a celebrated but reclusive author to the thirty-fifth reunion of his class. When he declines, she charmingly prods him, and thereby begins a witty and revelatory correspondence that becomes part mystery, part memory, and part romance.
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Reviews

"Rich and revealing." - The New Yorker

"Written beautifully as a series of letters, this warm and satisfying work follows in the footsteps of A.R. Gurney's Love Letters and deserves to become just as enduringly popular... Cahn serves up something of a bona fide thriller along with the genuinely wise psychological insights that lie at the heart of Roses in December, keeping us riveted until the final word has been read." - NYTheatre.com

"You're in for a treat...a gem of a play." - Chelsea Clinton News

"The words are witty and succinct, delightfully masking as much as they communicate, slowly revealing levels of character and elements of humor...Victor L. Cahn is clearly a gifted writer." - Culture Vulture

"When a single word in a letter's closing can prove of devastating dramatic importance, the playwright has achieved his goal, and it is at things like this that Cahn succeeds time and time again...Cahn, Reilly, and the two Naughtons create beautiful music." - Talkin' Broadway

"It's not difficult to imagine that Roses in December could stay in bloom for quite some time." - Broadway.com

"A marriage of Poe's The Purloined Letter and A. R. Gurney's Love Letters, Roses in December is a witty and poignant feast of language." - Vital Source Magazine

Keywords

Friendship, Love, Memory

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $90 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Duration: 75 Minutes
  • Setting: The script need not be memorized, but should be read aloud by two actors sitting some distance apart. The set, lighting, and other production requirements may be as minimal or elaborate as imagination and budget permit.
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: No Chorus

Casting

1m, 1f
CAROLYN - 30s

JOEL - 50s

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Cast Attributes

  • Not Applicable

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Authors

Victor Cahn

Victor L. Cahn has written numerous plays, including several produced Off-Broadway as well as regionally: Roses in December; Embraceable M

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Roses in December received its world premiere in 2003 at Urban Stages, NYC. The production was directed by T.L. Reilly.

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