Pentecost (Edgar)

by  David Edgar

Full Length Play, Drama  /  11m, 8f

Winner! 1995 Evening Standard Award for Best Play

"One of those rare works that makes you want to climb on to roof tops to shout about its merits...Funny, frightening and deeply moving." - Daily Telegraph

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Pentecost (Edgar)

by  David Edgar

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    11m, 8f
  • Duration

    Duration

    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Scene work
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

A fresco similar to The Lamentation by Giotto that will revolutionize Western Art if proved to pre date the master's work is unearthed in an abandoned church in Eastern Europe. The discovery causes a dramatic struggle as representatives from the worlds of art history, religion, and politics stake their claims for the ultimate prize. The unexpected arrival of twelve refugees sets events spiralling toward an explosive climax. This powerful play by the Tony Award winning adaptor of Nicholas Nickleby and author of numerous plays won the Evening Standard Award for Best Play of 1995.
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Accolades

  • Winner! 1995 Evening Standard Award for Best Play

Reviews

"One of those rare works that makes you want to climb on to roof tops to shout about its merits...Funny, frightening and deeply moving." - Daily Telegraph

"Cuts to the heart in a smashing ideological epic." - The New York Times

"Pentecost is a play of politics and ideas...Be prepared to have your political preconceptions kicked in the knee." - The Los Angeles Times

"Never boring." - The New York Times

"This is the meatiest new drama I have seen since Stoppard's Arcadia, which is, come to think of it, the only new play I have seen in the past decade whose rigor and historical depth meaningfully compare with Pentecost's." - Jonathan Kalb, The Village Voice

Keywords

Politics, Religion

Considerations

Performing Groups

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

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Duration: More than 120 minutes (2 hours)

Casting

11m, 8f
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Cast Attributes

  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)

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Authors

David Edgar

David Edgar was born in Birmingham on 26 February 1948. He was educated at Oundle School and read Drama at Manchester University. After a short career in journalism, he took up writing full-time in 1972. His plays include The National Interest (1971), Excuses Excuses (1972), Dick ...

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Pentecost was first presented at Other Place in Stratford-Upon-Avon, UK, on October 12, 1994.

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