Full Length Play, Drama / 4m, 3f
A retirement home in northern Idaho is being shut down, and only three residents and a bare-bones staff remain. When a record breaking blizzard blows into town and an elderly resident disappears into the storm, everyone is brought to face their own mortality.
- 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
“Highly recommended… [A] delicate balance of tragedy, comedy, hysteria and desperation.” - Chicago Sun-Times, Read More
“[A] warmhearted drama… unsentimental compassion for ordinary folk and their various approaches to mortality and other scary inevitabilities. The results are both tender and unsparing.” - Chicago Reader, Read More
“A deeply compassionate writer… Hunter’s play does traffic in life’s realities, of which Alzheimer’s is among the most painful. The main questions of this play — can we ever find peace in our old age, and is such a quest even desirable? — are crucially important, and 'Rest' also hints at the complexities that flow from the way we outsource elder care to for-profit businesses, who find themselves caught between profit and compassion.” - Chicago Tribune, Read More
“[A] bracing look at love and loss.” - Stage and Cinema Theatre, Read More
“Extraordinary…an experience to behold.” - LA Splash, Read More
“Finely Acted…mixes quirkiness with poignancy in a drama that elicits steady laughter.” - Los Angeles Times, Read More
“Hunter is such a skilled (and often humorous) writer that when he puts credible misfits in weird situations, we’re willing to follow him anywhere.” - Times of San Diego, Read More
"Theatrical gold… a theatrical voice of paramount importance.” - Huntington Beach Independent, Read More
- Mild Adult Themes
- Minimum Fee: $100 per performance
- Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century
- Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
- Setting: The entrance area and common room of a small, white, dry-walled rest home in northern Idaho in January.
- Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
ETTA - Early to mid-eighties, female.
TOM - Eighties, male.
GERALD - 91, male.
FAYE - Thirties, female.
GINNY - Thirties, female.
JEREMY - Forties, male.
KEN - 20, male.
- Roles for Teens
- Multicultural casting
- Parts for Senior Actors
Rest received its world premiere at South Coast Repertory Theatre in March of 2014, under the direction of Martin Benson.