The Dream Crust

by  Roger Karshner

Full Length Play, Drama  /  3m, 3f, 1boy(s)

"Creates a world that's identifiable and that breathes." - L.A. Herald Examiner
Aman's persistent, agonizing search for personal freedom and the sense of loss between father and son, set against a backdrop of the land-locked Midwest.

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The Dream Crust

by  Roger Karshner

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 3f, 1boy(s)
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Period
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

Frank Haynes, an earth loving farmer, has given up his hound-dogging and high times under the pressure of the family's admonition that "A man has got to get ahead." Haynes would be happy to do nothing but tend his farm and reap whatever profit it might generate. But he realizes that there are five mouths depending on him and the lure of big money available to him in a nearby big city factory too great to ignore. Set against a backdrop of the land-locked Midwest, the play dramatizes a man's persistent, agonizing search for personal freedom and the sense of loss between father and son.
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Reviews

"The play's spirit, its underlying warmth, particularly in the unspoken father son relationship, creates a world that's identifiable and that breathes." - L.A. Herald Examiner

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance
  • Optional Music/Media Fee: $15 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1930s
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: Rural America. Circa 1930s.
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

3m, 3f, 1boy(s)
FRANK HAYNES -40, tall, muscular, dark; basic and uneducated, but intuitively intelligent.
BOBBY PORTER HAYNES - Frank's son; a child, age 10; blond, slight, and sensitive
HELEN - Frank's wife, age 40; tall, dark, attractive; sensitive, nervous, self-centered
DUDE HENDERSON - a friend, age 40; short, not good-looking, but much character; coarse, earthy, honest
PEARL - mother-in-law, age 60; tall, stately; very pious, matriarchal, and cool
MERTEEN - sister-in-law, age 45; pious, whiny, and nirritating; a nosy gossip
GALEN - brother-in-law, age 45; weak, a loser; bitter, disgruntled, and hen-pecked
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Cast Attributes

  • Roles for Children
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)

Casting Notes

Rural types. Stong mid-western characters.

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Authors

Roger Karshner

Roger Karshner

The Dream Crust premiered at the Met Theatre in Los Angeles, California, on Devember 14, 1974. It was directed by Alan Vint.

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