Stranger (Lucas)

by  Craig Lucas

Full Length Play, Drama  /  2m, 2f

Two strangers sit side by side on a night flight across the United States. Gradually, each reveals things they have never spoken about before: Linda is terrified of flying and traveling with a great deal of cash as well as enough pills to kill herself; Hush has just been released from a maximum secu…

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Stranger (Lucas)

by  Craig Lucas

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 2f
  • Duration

    Duration

    105 Minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Mystery/Thriller
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Off-Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

Two strangers sit side by side on a night flight across the United States. Gradually, each reveals things they have never spoken about before: Linda is terrified of flying and traveling with a great deal of cash as well as enough pills to kill herself; Hush has just been released from a maximum security prison after serving fifteen years for kidnaping a young girl and keeping her alive inside a trunk for over a year. An alliance grows based on the shocking aspects of their personal histories. They end up together in a crude cabin in the middle of nowhere at night. Here they learn things about themselves and each other that change their lives irrevocably. A mystery, a tragedy, a love story, a requiem, and a jaw dropping shocker, Stranger is not suitable for bedtime reading.
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Reviews

"Even more bravely the ever-questing author of ''Prelude to a Kiss'' and 'The Dying Gaul' here presents an extreme portrait of a couple that suggests that at the heart of all relationships are the urges to torture and be hurt. Whatever role you chose, it seems, there is fear and loathing in love, much of it self-directed." - New York Times

"Stranger is a behind the headlines thriller with a sociological subtext...a gripping, edge-of-the-seat experience." - Curtain Up

"'Stranger' picks up where 'The Dying Gaul' left off. The question it asks is this: when you’ve suffered inexplicable cruelty, how do you continue to live without being consumed by bitterness and a desire for revenge? Ever the nimble theater artist, Lucas embeds this inquiry into a deceptively simple plot." - Don Shewey 

Keywords

Betrayal, Religion

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Large Stage
  • 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: 105 Minutes
  • Setting: Stranger takes place on a flight from Philadelphia to Seattle and in a remote cabin in the Pacific Northwest. Other scenes, remembered, are also seen--an apartment in Portland, Oregon, a cabin in Coburn, Pennsylvania, a jail cell in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. 
  • 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

2m, 2f
HUSH - 40's
LINDA - 30's  
STEWARDESS/LINDA'S MOM/DIANE
STEWARD/FRANK/PATO/VOICE OF THE CAPTAIN 
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Cast Attributes

  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Expandable casting
  • Flexible casting
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

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Authors

Craig Lucas

Craig Lucas is a American playwright, screenwriter, theatre director, musical actor, and film director. He is currently Associate Artistic Director at the Intiman Theatre in Seattle.Born on April 30, 1951, and abandoned in a car in Atlanta, Lucas was adopted when he was eight months old by a Pennsylvanian couple. His a ...

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Stranger premiered at The Vineyard Theatre in New York City in 2000. 

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