The Awakening of Kate Chopin
Full Length Play, Drama / 2m, 2f
Heralded by theaters in Kate Chopin's home town of Alexandria, Louisiana, Kate Chopin, author of The Awakening, must pick between her dying husband and her lover, the wealthy planter next door.
Kate Chopin, author of The Awakening, must pick between her dying husband and her lover, the wealthy planter next door. She picks her lover, and he leaves her. In agony she goes forth to become the great writer she was meant to be. A tour de force drama of obsession rooted in the real life of the famous first great American novelist and based on detailed, shocking facts from her life. The selective setting of interior of old post-Civil War house provides poetic staging opportunities.
Heralded by theaters in Kate Chopin's home town of Alexandria, Louisiana.
"O’Neill’s play is historical yet modern, it is vibrant and transfixing and it should be added to the repertory of seminal works showing casing men’s and women’s struggles with self-definition as they attempt to step beyond issues of sexual stereotype and fail miserably." - Carole Di Tosti, All Along the NYC Skyline, Read More
"O’Neill’s Kate and the other women in the The Awakening of Kate Chopin are equally revolutionary for their time, and O’Neill’s work echoes the life of the real Kate Chopin." - Carole Di Tosti, All Along the NYC Skyline, Read More
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by Meagan Meehan
March 10, 2017
- No Special Cautions
- Minimum Fee: $75 per performance
- Time Period: American Civil War Era
- Duration: 90 minutes
- Setting: A small plantation house and general store in Cloutierville, Louisiana, a one-street town blighted by the Civil War, Dec. 1882.
- Additional Features: Not Applicable
- Features / Contains: Period Costumes
- Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
- Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
- Chorus Size: No Chorus
KATE CHOPIN - 32; dark-haired Irish beauty, with waves and curls about her shoulders; she has eyes that look right at you and a captivating face with a frankness of expression.
OSCAR CHOPIN - 39; her husband, an aristocratic cotton merchant recuperating from “malaria;” handsome eyes, a feverish glance; he retreats into silence and heavy brooding.
MARIA NORMAND DELOUCHE - 26; Cuban vixen with broad smiling mouth, tip-tilted nose and full figure; she wears Spanish mantillas and flowers draped over her curly hair.
ALBERT SAMPITE - 38; wealthy planter with charm and animalism; devilishly good-looking, deep eyes with an insolent manner.
KATE’S FOUR SONS ages 11 and under, and her INFANT (all OFFSTAGE).
- Expandable casting
- Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
- Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)
Up to 8 female extras
The Awakening of Kate Chopin was workshopped at the Actor's Studio in New York City and received an invitational staging at the Herbert Berghoff Studios.