Bellwether

by  Steve Yockey

Full Length Play, Drama  /  3m, 7f

"Audacious, entertaining and chilling, Steve Yockey’s Bellwether goes where few plays dare to tread [...] Was it funny? Scary? Moving? Yes. Bellwether is, in short, fantastic. In every sense of the word." - Theatre Dogs

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 7f
  • Duration

    Duration

    105 Minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Mystery/Thriller
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

Bellwether was a nice, safe place to live. Bad things didn’t happen there. That was until six-year-old Amy Draft went missing. As the investigation progresses, speculation in the media and the neighborhood turns on Amy’s parents, Alan and Jackie Draft. But the young girl’s disappearance is not what it seems, and is only a glimpse of what lurks below the community’s perfection.
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Reviews

REVIEWS 

"Where Yockey at first seems to be probing the importance of the levels of attention we pay to our mates, children and associates, as well as satirizing the ways in which sensation-of-the-week news coverage degrades social discourse, the turn of events leads to a pointed choice between personal and social responsibilities." - SF Gate, Read More 

"Audacious, entertaining and chilling, Steve Yockey’s Bellwether goes where few plays dare to tread [...] Was it funny? Scary? Moving? Yes. Bellwether is, in short, fantastic. In every sense of the word." - Theatre Dogs, Read More 

"With Yockey, nothing is at it seems, and we quickly find ourselves sliding pell-mell from a staid suburban landscape into paranormal regions where reality is anything but." - Stage and Cinema, Read More 

"Bellwether is a compelling concoction of mystery, horror, surrealism and tragedy, with a dash of laughter." - Marinscope, Read More


Videos

  • Interview with Steve Yockey and Marin Theatre Company director Ryan Rilette
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Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Duration: 105 Minutes
  • Setting: The Draft living room.
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Casting

3m, 7f
ALAN DRAFT - a young father
JACKIE DRAFT - a young mother
MADDY SCHAFER - a single mother
NEIGHBOR 2 & REPORTER 2 - woman
NEIGHBOR 3 & REPORTER 3 - woman
NEIGHBOR 4 & REPORTER 1 - woman
NEIGHBOR 5 & DETECTIVE 1 - man
NEIGHBOR 6 & DETECTIVE 2 & "MAN IN THE DARK COAT" - man
"AMY" - an idea of a young woman
THE DOLL - a mechanical "woman"
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Cast Attributes

  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)

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Authors

Steve Yockey

Steve Yockey is a Los Angeles based writer with work produced throughout the US, Europe, and Asia. His plays Afterlife, Octopus, Large Animal Games, CARTOON, Subculture, Very Still & Hard to See, The Fisherman’s Wife, Wolves, Disassembly, and Niagara Falls & Other Plays are published and available from Samuel French. A ...

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Bellwether premiered at Marin Theatre Company under the direction of Ryan Rilette in October 2011.

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