Sundown, Yellow Moon

by  Rachel Bonds

Full Length Play, Drama  /  4m, 3f

Critic's Pick! "Ms. Bonds and the Bengsons know the redemptive joy of singing your sorrows and finding the rhymes in a world without reason." - The New York Times

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Sundown, Yellow Moon

by  Rachel Bonds

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4m, 3f
  • Duration


    90 minutes
  • SubGenre


    Not Applicable
  • Accolades


    From Off-Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

Ray and Joey, twin sisters, have returned home to their small southern town to help their father in a moment of crisis. He is recently divorced and has just had an altercation with the administration at the school where he teaches. Joey is about to head off to Berlin on a Fulbright scholarship, while Ray has just left her job and a romantic relationship with her boss. The family comes together and sees friends from their pasts, but they can’t get over the ennui that is associated with moving on from where they’ve been to where they will be.
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Critic's Pick! "Ms. Bonds and the Bengsons know the redemptive joy of singing your sorrows and finding the rhymes in a world without reason." - The New York Times, Read More 

"Sundown, Yellow Moon is a softly-glowing night-light of a narrative, a beacon of memory illuminating a forgotten childhood hallway." - Exeunt Magazine, Read More


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Performing Groups

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


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License details

  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance



  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: In the south. In a small college town; late July. The thick of summer. Somewhere very green and very humid, like Tennessee.
  • Additional Features: No intermission, Play w/ Music
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


4m, 3f
RAY - (Rayleen) Joey’s twin sister, mid 20’s 
JOEY - (Josephine) Ray’s twin sister, mid 20’s 
TOM - their dad, mid-late 50’s 
CARVER - Tom’s counselor, early/mid 30’s 
TED DRISCOLL - a poet, 40’s 
JEAN - a family friend, early 50’s 
BOBBY - family friend, mid-late 50’s. 
The COLLEGE RADIO STATION'S LATE NIGHT DJ - played by the actor who plays BOBBY
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  • Multicultural casting


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Rachel Bonds

Rachel Bonds’ plays have been developed or produced by South Coast Rep, Ars Nova, Manhattan Theatre Club, McCarter Theatre, Roundabout Underground, Atlantic Theater Company, Studio Theatre, New Georges, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, SPACE on Ryder Farm, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and New Yo ...

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Sundown, Yellow Moon premiered in a co-production between WP Theatre and Ars Nova in New York City in March 2017 under the direction of Anne Kauffman.

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