The Red Sneaks

by  Elizabeth Swados

Full Length Musical, Drama  /  4m, 4f

"The most refreshing thing about The Red Sneaks ... is the chance to hear youths rather than adults talk about the nightmarish pressures of urban life." - The New York Times

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4m, 4f
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Adaptations (Literature)
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Off-Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

This free wheeling contemporary musical for teens is a loose adaptation of the The Red Shoes, transposed to today's urban jungle. The allegorical montage of songs, scenes and monologues centers around a welfare hotel resident who is persuaded by a mysterious young drifter to accept a pair of glittery red sneakers. Whoever is wearing them may wish for anything-- and every wish comes true, but the easy way out turns out to be a fast trip to an early death.
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Reviews

REVIEWS

"The most refreshing thing about The Red Sneaks ... is the chance to hear youths rather than adults talk about the nightmarish pressures of urban life." - The New York Times

"Remarkably clear, unsentimental and disturbing.... A gritty little musical that combines pop and rock with more traditional musical comedy." - Associated Press

"A most effective contemporary morality play.... The music has real gusto." - New York Post

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Professional Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

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Production

Details

  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Setting: Burned out tenement building.
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

  • Musical Style: Pop/Rock
  • Orchestra Size: Piano Only

Casting

4m, 4f
SHAWN - the devil, slick, sly, humorous, but capable of danger. Good dancer.
DEDRE - innocent, lonely, wanting love and excitement, basically a helpless soul. Good dancer.
SHUN - the boyfriend, handsome, very hip, good dancer and singer
KENNY - cute commercial type, precocious, small and blond.
RAQUEL - strong, sarcastic, and wise.
VALERIE - young, good dancer.
JAMES - smart, bitter, aloof, a streak of meannes
TERESINA - tough, spohisticated, wirey
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Cast Attributes

  • Roles for Teens

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Authors

Elizabeth Swados

Elizabeth Swados has composed, written, and directed over 30 theater pieces including The Trilogy, The Red Sneaks, Nightclub Cantata, Runaways, Alice in Concert, Doonesbury, Rap Master Ronnie,The Haggadah, Jewish Girlz, Jonah, Job, Esther, Jerusalem (with Yehudah Amichai), The 49 Years, and Missionaries. Her work has b ...

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The Red Snaeaks premiered at Theatre for a New Audience in New York in June 1989 under the direction of Elizabeth Swados.

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