Mom, How Did You Meet The Beatles?

by  Adrienne Kennedy, Adam P. Kennedy

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

Adrienne Kennedy is thrust into the world of the rich, famous, and talented when she moves to London in the 1960s to work on The Lennon Play: In His Own Write. A true story.

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Mom, How Did You Meet The Beatles?

by  Adrienne Kennedy Adam P. Kennedy

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    1m, 1f
  • Duration

    Duration

    60 minutes (1 hour)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Biography
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Obie, From Off-Broadway
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Monologues
    • Competition or audition material
  • Audience

    Target Audience

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

Additional Info

Adrienne Kennedy relates her star-studded experience of moving to London and working on The Lennon Play: In His Own Write. Her absolute astonishment at being thrust in among the rich and famous of the theater and film world is really refreshing and charming. This is a great story, told in an interview-style conversation between a mother and son.
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Reviews

REVIEWS

"Brief, odd, and entrancing...Refreshing...We are eavesdropping as a curious son prods his interesting mother to recollect a colorful — in fact glamorous — chapter in her past. " - The New York Times

"Touches on Adriennes’s common theme of individuality under attack...Alows us effortless access into Adrienne’s memory, which has been painted with a loving faithfulness that makes London into newly explored territory... The writing is impressively detailed and echoes with the same poetry of the prosaic that defines Adrienne’s best works" - Talkin' Broadway

Keywords

Betrayal, Business, Memory

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Present Day, 1960s
  • Duration: 60 minutes (1 hour)
  • Setting: The present.
  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

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

Casting

1m, 1f
ADRIENNE KENNEDY - Often hesitant, emotional, joyous, and sad. The conversation with her son is the first time she has spoken about her time in London during the 1960s.
ADAM KENNEDY - Throught the play, the Adam character is curious as to events he's heard something about. This is the first time he's heard the story from his mother.
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Cast Attributes

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

Casting Notes

Could be done with a male voiceover.

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Authors

Adrienne Kennedy

Adrienne Kennedy continues to influence the world through her art. She was the recipient of the 2003 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards, an Obie Award for Lifetime Achievement Award, the Lila Wallace—Reader's Digest Writers' Award and the American Academy of Arts and Letters in Literature Aw ...

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Adam P.  Kennedy

Adam P. Kennedy

Mom, How Did You Meet the Beatles? was first presented Off Broadway by artistic director Oskar Eustis at the Public Theater in New York City as the first production in the company's Public Lab series, on Feburary 12, 2008. It was directed by Peter DuBois.

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