The Bells

by  Theresa Rebeck

Full Length Play, Melodrama  /  5m, 2f

"The Bells[...] shows Ms. Rebeck to be a gifted writer with an expansive mind, willing to explore old terrain to find new paths." - The New York Times

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    Cast Size

    5m, 2f
  • Duration


    90 minutes
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  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

Theresa Rebeck's expressionistic melodrama set in the waning years of the Alaskan Gold Rush tracks the intertwined fates of a gregarious innkeeper, Mathias; his rebellious daughter, Annette; and the misfits of a boomtown gone bust. Hard luck and hunger have brought them together, but when a stranger begins asking questions about the mysterious disappearance of a Chinese prospector, Xiufei, he soon learns that it's every man for himself in this vast, white wilderness, where nothing is quite what it seems, and ghost stories are never taken lightly.

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"The Bells [...] shows Ms. Rebeck to be a gifted writer with an expansive mind, willing to explore old terrain to find new paths." - The New York Times


Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre


  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance



  • Time Period: 1900-1910, Wild West, 19th Century
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: The Yukon. 1899 and 1917.
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes


  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)


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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Multicultural casting



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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The Bells was originally produced by the McCarter Theatre, Princeton, New Jersey in March 2005. Directed by Emily Mann.

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