The Orphan

by  David Rabe

Full Length Play, Drama  /  5m, 9f

"A playwright of shining talent." - The New York Times

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    5m, 9f
  • Duration

    Duration

    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Adaptations (Literature)
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Off-Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

This play completes Rabe's Vietnam trilogy of plays which deal with an individual destined for death or the living death of conformity and with the effect of policy and politics, the external circumstances acting on the man through exploitation of Vietnam by America. The violence of the American nature and its political and military treatment in Vietnam are stronger themes with family structure, the subversion of family communication, siblings and homecomings as lesser themes. The Orphan uses Oresteia as its framework and makes connections between the Manson violence and that in Vietnam. In this version, Clytemnestra is dichotomized into two characters; one Is sympathetic and the other vengeful. Other characters walk around with microphones to catch glimpses of the psychological and scientific factors effecting the action. From the author of HurlyBurly and In the Boom Boom Room.
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Reviews

REVIEWS

"A playwright of shining talent." - The New York Times

Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • Caution Intense Adult Intense Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1960s, Greek; Roman & Biblical
  • Duration: More than 120 minutes (2 hours)

Casting

5m, 9f
THE FIGURE
THE SPEAKER
ORESTES / THE MAN IN THE TUB
CLYTEMNESTRA 1
CLYTEMNESTRA 2
AGAMEMNON
AEGISTHUS
THE GIRL
ELECTRA
IPHEGENIA
PYLADES / FAMILY 1
BECKY / FAMILY 2
SALLY / FAMILY 3
JENNY / FAMILY 4
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Cast Attributes

  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Room for Extras

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Authors

David Rabe

David Rabe

The Orphan premiered at The Public Theater in New York City in May 1973 under the direction of Jeff Bleckner.

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