The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel

by  David Rabe

Full Length Play, Drama  /  19m, 3f

"It's one of the most moving pieces of theatre I've seen." - WABC TV

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The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel

by  David Rabe

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    19m, 3f
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

On Broadway with Al Pacino in the title role, this drama continues the series of "Vietnam Plays" by the author of Sticks and Bones and Streamers. A born loser gets drafted into the Army. Pavlo is not very bright. He gets high, then drag races into a cop car. His fecklessness antagonizes his superiors and gets him beaten by his bunk mates. Pavlo next tries suicide with 100 aspirins, but even at this he is unsuccessful. Oblivious, Pavlo marches to war and meets his ultimate, preordained destiny: death.
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Accolades

  • Winner! 1971 Drama Desk Award for Most Promising Playwright

Reviews

REVIEWS

"Pavlo Hummel is an abstracted existentialist scream of pain at the horror of war and the nearness of death...An abrasive, honest play well worth seeing." - The New York Times 

"It's one of the most moving pieces of theatre I've seen." - WABC TV

Keywords

Death, War

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Professional Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

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

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1960s
  • Setting: The United States Army, 1965 - 1967
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Casting

19m, 3f

PAVLO
YEN
ARDELL
SGT. TOWER
CAPTAIN
KRESS
PARKER
PIERCE
CORPORAL
GRENNEL
HINKLE
BURNS
HENDRIX
RYAN
MICKEY
MRS. SORRENTING
MRS. HUMMEL
JONES
MAMASAN
BRISBEY
SGT. WALL
PARHAM

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Cast Attributes

  • Role(s) for Asian Actor(s)
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)

Casting Notes

Additional soldiers and Vietnamese people in ensemble.

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Authors

David Rabe

David Rabe

The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel premiered at The Public Theatre in May 1971 under the direction of Jeff Bleckner.

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