God's Heart

by  Craig Lucas

Full Length Play, Drama  /  3m, 5f

Reaching into the darkness of American life at its extremes - from the lives of the wealthy and fortunate to the struggles of the invisible and neglected - this play follows three protagonists who share a dream. 

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God's Heart

by  Craig Lucas

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 5f
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

Reaching into the darkness of American life at its extremes - from the lives of the wealthy and fortunate to the struggles of the invisible and neglected - this play follows three protagonists who share a dream. An African American teenager fights to overcome his family's cycle of despair and drug dependency, a thirty five year old white advertising executive with a new baby suffers from a deep sense of her own spiritual worthlessness, and a forty five year old documentary film maker, also white, is losing her African American lover to breast cancer. Using newspaper headlines, cyber chat rooms, online data bases and a dream like array of startling, sometimes beautiful, often terrible images carved from the nightmares of these disparate souls, God's Heart seeks compassion for those who cry out for connection, peace and kindness in the face of the unspeakable cruelty and exploitation that erode the heart of American culture.

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Reviews

REVIEWS 

"God's Heart is a play which dares to say very ugly things from a very moral place, which risks censure in an effort to reach an ugly truth; a play that's wise to its own inescapable shortcomings and addresses them as part of its subject; a play which ought to have been greeted with exhilaration and joy, for it courageously refuses restraint and risks everything to live up to its impossible-to-live-up-to title." -Tony Kushner, Civilization Magazine 

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • Professional Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Drugs Drugs
  • Artboard 3 Gun Shots
  • Caution Intense Adult Intense Adult Themes
  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes
  • Caution Smoking Smoking

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1990s
  • Setting: After dark in New York City
  • Additional Features: Multimedia
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Casting

3m, 5f
CARLIN - 15, black
JANET - 30, white
DAVID - 30, white
ANGELA - 16, black
AÑA - 21, Guatemalan
ELEANOR - 30's, black
BARBARA - 30's or 40's, white
CASHMERE - 16, black

In addition, a number of roles are doubled:
PASSERBY - played by ensemble
INTERACTIVE VIDEO VOICE - played by CASHMERE
NEWSCASTER'S VOICE - played by AÑA
DR. FARKAS - played by CASHMERE
MAN IN PURPLE HOOD - played by CASHMERE 
NIGHT NURSE - played by AÑA 
LAB WORKERS - played by ANGELA and AÑA 
REESE - played by DAVID
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Cast Attributes

  • Role(s) for Black Actor(s)
  • Role(s) for Latino Actor(s)
  • Expandable casting

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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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God's Heart premiered at the Lincoln Center Theater in New York City in May of 1997 under the direction of Joe Mantello.

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