A Lifetime Burning

by  Cusi Cram

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  1m, 3f

"The dialogue crackles with snappy sarcasms." – The New York Times

"A terrific indictment of the reality-obsessed culture in which we live." – Theatermania.com

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A Lifetime Burning

by  Cusi Cram

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    1m, 3f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Off-Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

If you had the power to revise your past, what would you change? Who would you be? Trust fund darling Emma imagines what her life would have been like had she come from a less privileged background. Trouble is, she chronicles her alternate life in a new tell-all "memoir" that was sold for a hefty advance. When Emma is exposed, will her sister, Tess, stand by her? Or will Emma's deceit destroy their already fractured relationship? This dark comedy brings up questions of legacy, loyalty and what it means to belong.
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Reviews

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"The dialogue crackles with snappy sarcasms." – The New York Times

"A terrific indictment of the reality-obsessed culture in which we live." – Theatermania

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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Professional Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: A well-renovated and thoughtfully designed studio apartment in the lower east side of Manhattan on Mulberry St.
  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Casting

1m, 3f
TESS – late 30s 
EMMA – late 30s 
ALEJANDRO – early 20s, Latino 
LYDIA – 40s, British
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Cast Attributes

  • Role(s) for Latino Actor(s)
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

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Authors

Cusi Cram

Cusi Cram's plays include: Dusty and the Big Bad World (Denver Theater Center), Lucy and the Conquest (Williamstown Theater Festival), All the Bad Things (LAByrinth Theater Company at the Public Theater), Fuente (Barrington Stage, and O'Neill Playwrights Conference), and The End of it All (South Coast Repertory), Landl ...

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A Lifetime Burning premiered at Primary Stages in New York City in July 2009 under the direction of Pam McKinnon.

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