Spoon River Anthology

by  Edgar Lee Masters, Naomi Caryl Hirshhorn, Charles Aidman

Full Length Play, Drama  /  3m, 2f

"A dramatic presentation reduced to its simplest terms... moving and beautiful... An evening of astonishingly stirring emotional satisfaction." - New York Post

"A glowing theatre experience... A brooding and loving American folk po…

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    3m, 2f
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Adaptations (Literature)
  • Accolades

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    From Broadway
  • Suggested Use

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    • Cutting Approved for Competition
  • Audience

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    • Appropriate for all audiences

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Via musical interludes, we are introduced in a cemetery to the ghosts of those who were inhabitants of this town, and whose secrets have gone with them to the grave. There are 60 odd characterizations and vignettes in this constantly interesting entertainment offering an amazingly varied array of roles and impersonations, from young lovers and preachers and teachers to the funny chronicle of the confused Jewish man who ends up in the wrong cemetery. Both the solid and humorous sides of life are portrayed, with fetching ballads, and the free verse form of Masters.
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Reviews

"A dramatic presentation reduced to its simplest terms... moving and beautiful... An evening of astonishingly stirring emotional satisfaction." - New York Post

"A glowing theatre experience... A brooding and loving American folk poem brought to life on a stage." - The New York Times

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Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance

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  • Time Period: Not Applicable
  • Additional Features: Play w/ Music

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  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
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3m, 2f
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  • Ensemble cast
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  • Flexible casting

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Authors

Edgar Lee  Masters

Edgar Lee Masters

Naomi Caryl Hirshhorn

Naomi Caryl Hirshhorn

Charles Aidman

Charles Aidman is a down-to-earth American actor who brought his "everyman" personality to such realistic war films as Pork Chop Hill (1959) and War Hunt (1962). He has since been cast in roles of quiet unstressed authority in films like Countdown (1967), Twilight's ...

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Spoon River Anthology was first presented on Broadway by Joseph Cates and The Spoon River Anthology Company at the Booth Theatre in New York City on September 29, 1963. It was conceived and directed by Charles Aidman.

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