Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy / 4m, 1f, 1boy(s)
Critic's Pick! "A theatrical cabinet of wonders. A wistful, cockeyed play that celebrates American dreamers. Four stars!" - Time Out New York
Critic's Pick! "A theatrical cabinet of wonders. A wistful, cockeyed play that celebrates American dreamers. Four stars!" - Time Out New York, Read More
"Sparks fly! A gentle meditation on dreams and disappointment, but electricity crackles throughout." - TheaterMania, Read More
"Bound and threaded by a belief in creativity and wonder; a wide-eyed pleasure in all that we don't know, and then bamboozle ourselves trying to invent." - The Daily Beast, Read More
- Minimum Fee: $90 per performance
- Mandatory Music/Media Fee: $25 per performance
- Time Period: 1930s, Victorian (British and American)
- Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
- Setting: The 1893 and 1933 World's Fairs in Chicago
- Additional Features: Special Effects
- Features / Contains: Period Costumes
Casting4m, 1f, 1boy(s)
STEELE MACKAYE (M - Late 40s/Early 50s) - A famous (but now forgotten) late 19th century theater impresario known for his acting, directing, writing and inventing. He has designed and is building a theater at the 1893 World’s Fair.
HILARY - (M - Mid 30s) - An electrician who works for Steele MacKaye.
ADELINE - (F - Early 30s) - A turn-of-the-century spitfire. From a wealthy family. Married to Hillary.
HONG SLING - (M - Mid 30s) - A Chinese laborer working with Hillary.
RUTH - (F - Early 30s) - Bears a striking resemblance to Adeline.
LOU - (M - Mid 30s) – Ruth’s husband. A jingle writer at the 1933 World’s Fair.
CHARLIE - (M) - Ruth and Lou’s 11-year-old son.
- Role(s) for Asian Actor(s)
- Roles for Children
The Light Years was originally produced as a part of the Powerhouse Season at Vassar College with new York Stage and Film in the summer of 2015. The show premiered at Playwrights Horizons in new York City in March 2017 under the direction of Oliver Butler.