Luther

by  Ethan Lipton

Full Length Play, Dark Comedy  /  4m, 1f, 1m or f

Critic’s Pick! “The play oozes with a moral ambiguity that will stick to your bones and your conscience long after you’ve left the theater.” - The New York Times

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4m, 1f, 1m or f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Not Applicable
  • Accolades

    Accolades

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  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

The world is a hard place for a returning war veteran. Lucky for Luther, he’s been adopted by a couple of caring urbanites, Walter and Marjorie. A darkly comic examination of America’s uneasy relationship with our veterans that begs the question: Who is more detached from reality, the soldier or those he is protecting?
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Reviews

REVIEWS 

Critic’s Pick! “The play oozes with a moral ambiguity that will stick to your bones and your conscience long after you’ve left the theater.” - The New York Times

Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol
  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes
  • Caution Smoking Smoking

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: A world much like ours. Soon.
  • Additional Features: No intermission, Puppetry
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Casting

4m, 1f, 1m or f
MARJORIE FORMAN - a freelancer, early 40s
LUTHER SHAW FORMAN - a veteran of war. mid 20s
WALTER FORMAN - a businessman. mid 40s
TOM - a caterer, early 30s
MORRIS McHENRY - a stranger. early 40s
CAPTAIN JAMES - a policeman, mid 40s
PHIL AND JULIE - business people, played by puppets
OFFICER - played by a puppet
FRANK LIEBOWITZ - a legal advocate, played by a puppet
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Cast Attributes

  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)

Casting Notes

Tom and Captain James should be played by the same actor. All four puppet characters should be played by one actor (female or male) and those characters should be portrayed with as much gravity and humanity as possible.

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Authors

Ethan Lipton

Ethan Lipton’s produced plays and musicals include The Outer Space (Lortel nom.), Tumacho, Red-Handed Otter, Luther, No Place to Go (Obie Award), Goodbye April Hello May, 100 Aspects of the Moon and Meat. His work has been seen in New York at the Public Theater (Joe’s Pub), The Playwrights Realm and Clubbed Thumb, and ...

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Luther premiered as a part of the Clubbed Thumb Summerworks Festival at the HERE Arts Center in New York City in June 2012 under the direction of Ken Rus Schmoll.

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