Spoils of War

by  Michael Weller

Full Length Play, Drama  /  3m, 3f

The author of Loose Ends and Moonchildren dramatizes the desperate attempts of a 16 year-old boy to reconcile his divorced parents, a somber chronicle about disillusionment of people whose hopes and dreams are tainted by the prism of time.

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Spoils of War

by  Michael Weller

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The author of Loose Ends and Moonchildren dramatizes the desperate attempts of a 16 year-old boy to reconcile his divorced parents, a somber chronicle about disillusionment of people whose hopes and dreams are tainted by the prism of time. The events of the 1950's are explored through the eyes of Martin's parents, radicals who have chosen very different ways to cope with the changed and changing times. Elise is still a bohemian, a rebel without a cause who wants to live for something more than survival. Andrew has dropped back into the system and accepted the conventionality of day-to-day existence. Caught between these irreconcilables, Martin is unable to bring his parents back together but must find and follow his own life path.
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Reviews

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"Mr. Weller finds in one family's disintegration a paradigm of the postwar collapse of liberal idealism. This is without question Mr. Weller's most intelligent play." - The New York Times

"Emotionally charged; a touching, lovely work." - New York Post

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  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre

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  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

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  • Time Period: 1950s
  • Setting: New York City, the 1950s.

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Michael Weller's interview for Dave's Gone By
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Casting

3m, 3f
MARTIN - the son, age 16.
ELISE - his mother, late 30s.
ANDREW - his father, early 40s.
PENNY - father's girlfriend, late 20s.
EMMA - mother's friend, late 30s.
LEW - a builder, 20s.
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Michael Weller

Michael Weller studied music composition at Brandeis University, then worked as a jazz pianist before taking his graduate degree in theater at the University of Manchester, England. His best-known plays are Moonchildren, Fishing, Loose Ends and Spoils Of War. His films include Hair and Ragtime and a teleplay of Spoils ...

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Spoils of War premiered off-Broadway at Second Stage Theatre in April 1988 under the direction of Autsin Pendelton. 

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