Diary of Lights: New York About 1955

by  Adrienne Kennedy

Full Length Play, Drama  /  6m, 4f

Part dramatic literature, part dance, and part musical theatre, Diary of Lightsis a window into a part of American culture expressed through the unique voice of one of America's most formidable dramatists.

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Diary of Lights: New York About 1955

by  Adrienne Kennedy

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    6m, 4f
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Period, Experimental
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Off-Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

Adrienne Kennedy has been a force in the American theatre since the early 1960s, influencing several generations of playwrights with her hauntingly fragmentary lyrical dramas. Diary of Lights: New York About 1955 is a series of scenes which depict a group of friends during one evening in New York City, in the mid-50s. Part dramatic literature, part dance, and part musical theatre, Diary of Lights is a window into a part of American culture, expressed through the unique voice of one of America's most formidable dramatists.
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Reviews

REVIEWS

"To many, Ms. Kennedy has blended the surreal and the social to invent a new dramatic form." - The New York Times

"[Kennedy creates] hauntingly fragmentary lyrical dramas [that powerfully explore] the violence racism visits on people’s lives.” - Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards

Keywords

Friendship, Memory

Considerations

Performing Groups

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

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1950s
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: The Thalia
    Upper Broadway
    Bancroft Hall, Columbia University
    Macdougal Street
    Rienzi’s Coffee House
    Washington Sq. Park
    Metropole
    Palladium
    Birdland
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Casting

6m, 4f
BILLIE - comic, sweet, and ultimately very serious; Macy-type cotton dress, white wedgies.
EDDIE -  very serious; has on a V-neck sweater and khakis.
AARON - seersucker jacket and trousers.
MARGO - very intellectual and bohemian; Mexican wedding shirt, very long straight hair; smokes cigars, wears sandals.
MAVIS - very pretty; white dress and red stole, very wavy black hair piled on top of her head in curls.
ROY - frank; seersucker suit.
ELLEN'S BOYFRIEND - very well read
AISHA & MOHAMMED - a couple from Egypt; shy
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Flexible casting

Casting Notes

All are dynamic and alive, and you wish you were with them that night. Margo Aaron and Mel are white. Aisha and Mohammed are from Cairo, Egypt.

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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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Diary of Lights: New York About 1955 premiered at the Jane Addams Theatre in Chicago, IL in May 1978 under the direction of June Pyskacek.

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