The Few

by  Samuel D. Hunter

Full Length Play, Drama  /  2m, 1f

Four years ago, Bryan abandoned his labor of love, a newspaper for truckers. Now he’s returned – with no word of where he’s been – and things have changed.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 1f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Off-Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

From Samuel D. Hunter, the award-winning author of The Whale and Bright New Boise, and the 2014 recipient of the MacArthur Foundation "Genius" Grant, comes The Few. Four years ago, Bryan abandoned his labor of love, a newspaper for truckers. Now he’s returned – with no word of where he’s been – and things have changed. His former lover is filled with rage, his new coworker is filled with incessant adoration, and his paper is filled with personal ads. As he considers giving up for good, Bryan searches for what he couldn’t find on the road: a way to keep faith in humanity. In it's acclaimed run at the Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre in New York City, The Few was praised for its "unusual insight into, and empathy for, people whose lives have settled into sad stasis, or strategic withdrawal." (The New York Times)
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Accolades

  • Samuel D. Hunter is the recipient of a 2014 MacArthur "Genius Grant" Fellowship
    Samuel D. Hunter is the 2012 recipient of the Whiting Award for Drama

Reviews

REVIEWS

"Hunter’s excellent...elements and themes—from the isolated, self-destructive antihero to the deployment of old text as a bittersweet plot device—and the details in the dialogue are wonderfully chosen. (Every place name fits perfectly in place.)" - Time Out New York, Read More

"[The Few is a] compassionate, gently hued drama about lonely lives" - The New York Times, Read More

"The latest play by award-winning scribe Samuel D. Hunter is smart and sensitive." - Variety, Read More

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  • The Few, Old Globe Theatre
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Keywords

Aging, Love, Memory

Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol
  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1990s
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: August, 1999.
     
    The inside of a weathered, paper-littered, unkempt office space off of some random exit on I-90 in northern Idaho. The whole room should feel like a manufactured home—maybe even a converted double-wide. There are a few desks with aging desktop computers on top, piles of newspapers, a sad, dying fern here and there. There is an unseen back room and bathroom offstage.
  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Casting

2m, 1f
BRYAN - Late thirties to mid forties, male.
QZ -  Late thirties to mid forties, female.
MATTHEW - 19, male.
 
TEN MALE VOICES  
SIX FEMALE VOICES
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast

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Authors

Samuel D. Hunter

Samuel D. Hunter’s plays include The Whale (Drama Desk Award, Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play, GLAAD Media Award, Drama League and Outer Critics Circle nominations for Best Play), A Bright New Boise (Obie Award, Drama Desk nomination for Best Play), The Few, A Great Wilderness, Rest, Pocatello, Lewiston, Cl ...

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The Few received its world premiered at the Old Globe Theater in San Diego, CA in October, 2013. Davis McCallum, director; Barry Edelstein, artistic director. The Few then had its New York premiere at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater in May, 2014. Davis McCallum, director; David Van Asselt, artistic director.  

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