Leaving Tangier

by  David Johnston

Short Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  3m, 1f

Cooper, an American expatriate poet, has traveled from Tangier to a rural Southern town with the ashes of Oswin Everett Pickett, a famous writer and notorious gay figure who had been living in northern Africa. Pickett's great nephew, a young man obsessed with the notorious man's works, urges Cooper to tell him about his deceased relative. Winner of the 28th Annual Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival.

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Leaving Tangier

by  David Johnston

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 1f
  • Duration

    Duration

    30 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Not Applicable
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Scene work
    • Competition or audition material
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

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Cooper, an American expatriate poet, has traveled from Tangier to a rural Southern town with the ashes of Oswin Everett Pickett, a famous writer and notorious gay figure who had been living in northern Africa. Pickett left specific instructions that there be no religious observance when his ashes were returned to America, but his great niece and the local preacher are determined to give him a "good Methodist funeral". Pickett's great nephew, a young man obsessed with the notorious man's works, urges Cooper to tell him about his deceased relative. In return, Cooper suggests that the young man should come to Tangier with him. Published in Off Off Broadway Festival Plays, 28th Series.
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Accolades

  • Winner of the 28th Annual Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival!

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $55 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Setting: A graveyard in a rural Southern Town.
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Casting

3m, 1f
COOPER - early 40s, male, poet, teacher and translator who left America twenty years ago and now resides in Tangier; devoted to the memory of his friend, the writer Oswin Everett Pickett
ROSEMUND SNODDY (pronounced with hard "o") - early 30s female, very Southern; a fierce defender of her family and their good name
REVEREND DON BESTERMAN - male, any age, genial and unassuming; a born peacemaker
TAP SNODDY - late teens to early 20s, male, Rosemund's brother; eager, excitable and conflicted
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  • Ensemble cast

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David Johnston

David Johnston’s plays have been performed and read at the New Group, Moving Arts, the Neighborhood Playhouse, HB Playwrights Foundation, Symphony Space, and Ensemble Studio Theatre. New York productions with Blue Coyote Theater Group include Conversations on Russian Literature, a new adaptation of The Oresteia (Time O ...

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Leaving Tangier was originally produced by Blue Coyote Tehater Group at the Abingdon Theater in New York Cit on May 22, 2003. It was directed by Gary Shrader.

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