4000 Miles

by  Amy Herzog

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

Finalist! 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
#1 Play or Musical of 2012 - Time Magazine
"A funny, moving, altogether wonderful drama. . . A heartening reminder that a keen focus on life's small moments can pay off in a big way onstage." - The New York Times
"This well-observed gem deserves to be a hit." - The New York Post

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4000 Miles
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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    1m, 3f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Not Applicable
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Pulitzer, Obie, From Off-Broadway
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Monologues
    • Scene work
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

After suffering a major loss while he was on a cross-country bike trip, 21 year-old Leo seeks solace from his feisty 91 year-old grandmother Vera in her West Village apartment. Over the course of a single month, these unlikely roommates infuriate, bewilder, and ultimately reach each other. 4000 MILES looks at how two outsiders find their way in today's world.

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Accolades

  • Finalist! 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
    Winner! 2012 Obie Award, Best New Play
    Winner! 2012 New York Times Outstanding Playwright Award
    Winner! Time Magazine's #1 Play or Musical of 2012

    Amy Herzog is the 2011 recipient of the Whiting Award for Drama

Reviews

"A funny, moving, altogether wonderful drama. . . A heartening reminder that a keen focus on life's small moments can pay off in a big way onstage." - The New York Times, Read More Here

"This well-observed gem deserves to be a hit." - The New York Post, Read More Here

"Herzog’s....humor, honesty and narrative subtlety make this a rarity: a family play that avoids sentimentality or sitcom shtick" - Time MagazineRead More Here

"In 4000 Miles a warm-hearted new play by Amy Herzog, both love and irritability are woven into an illumination of the healing process after the loss of a loved one. The sensitive play [is] filled with small, revelatory and often humorous moments between a grandmother and her grandson." - Associated Press

"Amy Herzog's appealing new play, unfolds with the unassuming ease of conversations overheard, among people with complicated relationships." - BloombergRead More Here

"Amy Herzog['s] fine, deeply affecting dual character study... Although 4000 Miles makes one think of a first-rate novella, it is solidly theatrical. 4000 Miles is the sort of rich, satisfying play you should take your grandmother to — especially if she's as smart and fierce as Vera." - Time Out New YorkRead More Here

Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • Caution Drugs Drugs
  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes
  • Caution Smoking Smoking

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting:

    Single set - an apartment in Greenwich Village, NYC.

  • Additional Features: No intermission, Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: No Chorus

Casting

1m, 3f

LEO JOSEPH-CONNELL – Twenty-one
VERA JOSEPH – Ninety-one
BEC – Twenty-one
AMANDA – Nineteen, Chinese-American

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Cast Attributes

  • Multicultural casting
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

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Authors

Amy Herzog

Amy Herzog’s plays include After the Revolution (Williamstown Theater Festival; Playwrights Horizons; Lilly Award), 4000 Miles (Lincoln Center; Obie Award for the Best New American Play, Pulitzer Prize Finalist), The Great God Pan (Playwrights Horizons), and Belleville ...

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4000 Miles first opened at The Duke Theater in New York City on June 20, 2011, presented by Lincoln Center Theatre/LTC3, as a Steinberg New Works Program production, under the direction of Andre Bishop and Bernard Gersten, and Paige Evans, LCT3 Artistic Director. The director was Daniel Aukin. 4000 Miles moved to the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater in New York City, opening on April 2, 2012, presented by Lincoln Center Theatre, under the direction of Andre Bishop and Bernard Gersten. The director was Daniel Aukin.

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