Diary of Lights: New York About 1955
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.
"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
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Scene Study and Classroom Reading: Plays for Colleges and Universities
by Becca Schlossberg
August 23, 2019
- Mild Adult Themes
- Minimum Fee: $75 per performance
- Time Period: 1950s
- Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
- Setting: The Thalia
Bancroft Hall, Columbia University
Rienzi’s Coffee House
Washington Sq. Park
- Features / Contains: Period Costumes
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
- Ensemble cast
- Non-Traditional casting
- Flexible casting
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.
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.