A small town arts council has $20,000 to award to a local artist with an “under-represented American voice.” Should they choose the teacher/painter of modest talent or the self-taught artist who creates religious figures out of trash? This comedy explores how gossip, politics and opinions of art can decide who is the most deserving.
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THE MOST DESERVING: A Chat with Playwright Catherine Trieschmann
by Courtney Kochuba
February 25, 2015
- Mild Adult Themes
- Minimum Fee: $100 per performance
- Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century
- Duration: 90 minutes
- Setting: Ellis County, Kansas - the present
an art galley
Ted and Jolene's bedroom
Edie's living room
Everett's barn studio
- Additional Features: No intermission
- Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
TED ATKINSON - early 50s. Jolene's husband. Originally from a suburb of Manchester, England. A bit of a burn out. Reporter at the local paper.
LIZ CHANG - 30s. An assistant art professor at the local community college. Intelligent but her ambition outstrips her ability. Asian-American.
EDIE KELCH - 60s-70s. A recent widow in the midst of an identity crisis. A native Kansan. Caucasian.
DWAYNE DEAN - 50s-60s. An unemployed good ole boy and artist. A native Kansan. Caucasian.
EVERETT WHITESIDE- 40s-60s. A paraplegic, self-taught artist. A native Kansan. African American.
- Ensemble cast
- Multicultural casting
The Most Deserving received its world premiere at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts in 2013. The Most Deserving had its' New York premiere at the Women's Project Theatre on the New York City Center Stage II in March 2014. It also played at Theater Schmeater in Seattle, WA in March 2015.