All That He Was...

by  Cindy O'Connor, Larry Johnson

Full Length Musical, Dramatic Comedy  /  7m, 4f

This winner of the National Playwright’s Award and the ACTF Musical Theatre Award is a moving and surprisingly funny account of one man’s struggle with AIDS.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    7m, 4f
  • Duration

    Duration

    105 Minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Not Applicable
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    KCACTF: Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival New Play
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

This winner of the National Playwright’s Award and the ACTF Musical Theatre Award is a moving and surprisingly funny account of one man’s struggle with AIDS. The deceased functions as host and narrator, invisible among the friends and family assembled to pay him final respects. Hoping for a day when the shattered pieces can come together, he leads them on a journey of shared reminiscences.

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Reviews

"Arches from dysfunctionalism, jealousies and misunderstandings to unsteady truces and well earned unities [...] [It] carries on a bright, serious, witty and inclusive dialogue with anyone who may sit down in front of it." - Los Angeles Times

Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

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Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1990s
  • Duration: 105 Minutes
  • Setting: The setting is a funeral; outdoors, in a small parklike location.  A unit set, with several levels, can represent this and various flashback locations.
  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

  • Musical Style: Pop/Rock
  • Vocal Demands: Difficult
  • Orchestra Size: Piano Only
  • Chorus Size: No Chorus

Song Samples

All That He Was
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I Want One Day
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No More Crying, Please
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Somewhere Between
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Things are Looking...
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Another Today
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Candlelight
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Understand
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I Won't Cry
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Our First Christmas
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All That He Was [Reprise]
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Now You Know the Story
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I Don't Recall
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Save Our World
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Understand [Reprise]
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Believe
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We Need Each Other Now
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Casting

7m, 4f
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Features Teens
  • Flexible casting
  • Room for Extras

Casting Notes

Cast size can be reduced to 9 by having the parents double as the teachers.

Resources

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12 Piano/Conductor Scores

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Authors

Cindy O'Connor

Cindy O'Connor

Larry Johnson

Larry Johnson

All That He Was premiered on November 13, 1992 at the Arena Theatre at the California State University at Fullerton under the direction of James R. Taulli. 

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