O Beautiful

by  Theresa Rebeck

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  12m, 12f

“O Beautiful, for spacious skies, for amber waves…” In our age of cyber-bullying and aggressive patriotism remember those lyrics – or else! Theresa Rebeck pens a theatrically inventive mashup of contemporary American life and the history that got us to this politically polarized age.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    12m, 12f
  • Duration

    Duration

    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Docudrama/Historic
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

“O Beautiful, for spacious skies, for amber waves…” In our age of cyber-bullying and aggressive patriotism remember those lyrics – or else! Theresa Rebeck pens a theatrically inventive mashup of contemporary American life and the history that got us to this politically polarized age. This fiercely funny story explores the lives of high school students, teachers, and their families as they cope in a world of real personal problems and extremist ideological rhetoric that gets so heated that Jesus, Saint Paul, Joan of Arc, John Adams, Patrick Henry, and Benjamin Franklin, among others, show up to weigh in and mix it up. Alternately sweet and fiery, and as topical as tonight’s newscast, O Beautiful lands the complex realities of our culture squarely on the stage deck in an electrifying blend of ancient characters, founding fathers, and your neighborhood high school.
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Reviews

“What sets this [play] apart from other political plays is that some of the founding fathers themselves and other historic figures stop by to weigh in on some of today’s hottest topics […] Overall, it’s a far-reaching, well-timed exploration of what separates and polarizes society and a plea for everyone to agree to disagree.” - Broadway World, Read More



 

Videos

  • O BEAUTIFUL trailer
  • CRT Sneak Peek: O BEAUTIFUL
  • An Interview with Sanford Robbins on the world premiere of O BEAUTIFUL
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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Intense Adult Intense Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century
  • Duration: More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: Suburban Deleware. Now. 
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Period Costumes

Casting

12m, 12f
ALICE FLETCHER
LENNIE RYAN
JESUS
TY JANALERIS 
SIMON WEST  
LINDA RYAN  
BRIAN RYAN / THOMAS JEFFERSON 
SONDRA JANALERIS  
MRS. LOOMIS 
LUKE SIMPSON  
GWEN TURNER 
ERIK WATERS 
DON FLETCHER / BENJAMIN FRANKLIN 
ARLENE FLETCHER 
JOE SIMPSON / PATRICK HENRY 
BRENDA WATERS 
MARCIA TURNER
MINISTER / ALEXANDER HAMILTON / STUDENT 
ST. PAUL / JOHN ADAMS / ED TURNER 
ST. JOAN / BETTY
LOUISE / PRODUCTION ASSISTANT 
ST. DENIS / STUDENT 
ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL RAMIREZ / PRODUCTION ASSISTANT
SIMON'S PRODUCER
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Cross gender casting
  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Expandable casting
  • Features Teens
  • Flexible casting
  • Multicultural casting
  • Room for Extras

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Authors

Theresa Rebeck

Theresa Rebeckis a widely produced playwright throughout the United States and abroad. New York productions of her work include Dead Accounts at the Music Box Theatre; Seminar at the Golden Theatre; Mauritius at the Biltmore Theatre in a Manhattan Theater Club Production; The Scene, The Water’s Edge, Loose Knit, The Fa ...

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O Beautiful was commissioned by the University of Deleware's Theatre Department, where it received its world premiere production in 2014, under the directon of Gina Rattan. 

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