Oblivion

by  Carly Mensch

Full Length Play, Drama  /  2m, 2f

A touching and funny—and very modern—tale of parents, children, and the gulf that sometimes exists between them.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 2f
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Faith-based
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

Uber-hip Brooklynites Pam and Dixon take great pride in their secular humanist approach to parenting. But when their 17-year-old daughter, Julie, decides to become a Christian, their laid-back, open-minded facade comes crashing down. Carly Mensch's Oblivion takes a wry look at Nietzsche, famed film critic Pauline Kael, and the nature of belief in the 21st century.
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Reviews

REVIEWS

"...smart, sassy and rewarding" - TheNew York Times, Read More

"[Oblivion] grabs the audience’s attention and leaves them satisfied and entertained..." - The Newtown Bee, Read More

"Mensch’s play boldly addresses a subject many liberal intellectuals prefer to dance around or avoid: the role of religious faith in contemporary life." - Chicago Sun Times, Read More

Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: Brooklyn, New York.  Now.
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Casting

2m, 2f
PAM - 40’s
DIXON - 40’s
JULIE - 16
BERNARD - 16 

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Cast Attributes

  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Features Teens

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Authors

Carly Mensch

Carly Mensch's plays include Oblivion (Steppenwolf’s First Look Festival, Westport Playhouse), Now Circa Then (Ars Nova, TheatreWorks), All Hail Hurricane Gordo (Humana Festival, Cleveland Play House), and Len, Asleep in Vinyl (2nd Stage/Uptown Series). Her work has also been read/workshopped at Playwrights Horizons, M ...

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Oblivion premiered at Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago, in November of 2011. 

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