Zelda at the Oasis

by  P.H. Lin

Full Length Play, Drama  /  1m, 1f

Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, wife of legendary American novelist, F. Scott Fitzgerald, wants nothing more than to be recognized as an artist in her own right. 

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Zelda at the Oasis

by  P.H. Lin

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    1m, 1f
  • Duration

    Duration

    105 Minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Biography, Docudrama/Historic
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Off-Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, wife of legendary American novelist, F. Scott Fitzgerald, wants nothing more than to be recognized as an artist in her own right. Two things stand in her way: a growing mental instability and the overbearing shadow of her husband. On this magical night in the 1930’s, Zelda discovers The Club Oasis, a New York City bar where she has escaped to drink alone…until a unique and unexpected friendship is forged with an aspiring musician who plays piano and tends bar at the Oasis. Vivid and haunting memories are triggered as Zelda transforms the Bar Man into those from her past who have shaped her own self-image. Through this after-hours encounter, they share their dreams, missteps, and insights with one another, hoping to unlock the courage to move forward with their lives.
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Reviews

REVIEWS

"Kudos to playwright Patricia Lin for sensitively and creatively culling a great bulk of biographical material into a meaningful depiction." - Chicago Critic

"Zelda at the Oasis is a gripping, emotional performance that speculates on the reason for the torment suffered by Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, woman who wanted something out of life that she could not have." Theatreworld Internet Magazine

“P. H. Lin is one of the rising young Jewish American playwrights, and HOW FORTUNATE for New York City theatergoers that her latest effort has come to town!” - All About Jewish Theatre

"P.H. Lin gives us a well-constructed, absorbing play!” - NY Theater Scene

"For anyone interested in 1920’s American culture and particularly the Fitzgeralds, Zelda at the Oasis is a great fit!" - Theatre-Is-Easy

"TOP PICK! P.H.Lin had a daunting task, transposing the lives of these two fervent, larger than life artists into a satisfying dramatic production.  Her Zelda reveals the artist’s inner life and journey with haunting passages for this often disregarded other half of the infamous writing duo.  The segments feel authentic and the transitions flow wistfully in a melodic interplay of scenes poignant enough to leave you as breathless and fluttery as Zelda 'discovering sweet rhythms,'  who describes 'feeling her demons locked in every chord.' Breathless." - DC Theatre Scene

 

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  • Zelda at the Oasis - A New Play about Zelda Fitzgerald
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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes
  • Caution Smoking Smoking

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1930s
  • Duration: 105 Minutes
  • Setting:

    The Club Oasis, a slightly seedy New York City bar. 

  • Additional Features: No intermission, Play w/ Music, Special Effects
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Casting

1m, 1f

ZELDA
BAR MAN

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Cast Attributes

  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

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Authors

P.H. Lin

P.H. Lin has written over fifteen plays which have been produced and/or presented in theaters or in Festivals in NY, DC, MD, VA, MI, IL, NC, OH, PA, CT, KY and CA. New York credits incude Zelda at the Oasis which enjoyed a fourteen week run Off-Broadway at St. Luke’s Theatre. Other titles include The Power of Two, Swee ...

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World Premiere: 2010, Venus Theatre, Laurel, MD, produced by Venus Theatre Company

New York Premiere: 2012, St. Luke's Theatre, NY, produced by Zelda Oasis Productions

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