A Weekend Near Madison

by  Kathleen Tolan

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  2m, 3f

"Warm, vital, glowing...full of wise ironies and unsentimental hopes."-Newsweek

"A new playwright of sharp perceptions, humor, and tender sensibilities."-Christian Science Monitor

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A Weekend Near Madison

by  Kathleen Tolan

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    2m, 3f
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    From Off-Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

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A hit at Actors Theatre of Louisville and later Off-Broadway, A Weekend Near Madison takes place during a reunion of college friends now in their early thirties. The occasion is the visit of Vanessa, the "star" of the group and the leader of a lesbian/feminist rock band. Vanessa arrives at the home of an old friend, a psychiatrist, hand in hand with her younger lover who plays in the band. Also on hand are the psychiatrist's wife a novelist suffering from writer's block and his brother, who was once Vanessa's lover and loves her still. In the course of the weekend, Vanessa announces that she and her lover desperately want a child and attempts to persuade her former lover to be the father.
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"Warm, vital, glowing...full of wise ironies and unsentimental hopes." - Newsweek

"A new playwright of sharp perceptions, humor, and tender sensibilities."- Christian Science Monitor

"Appealing characters and fresh from the vine dialogue."- The New York Post


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  • College Theatre / Student
  • Professional Theatre


  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

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  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance



  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Setting: Early autumn, 1979, Wisconsin
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


2m, 3f
DAVID - in his mid 30s
DOE - a.k.a Dorothy, Dody, early 30s, David's wife
JIM - early 30s, David's brother
NESSA - a.k.a Vanessa, early 30s
SAMANTHA - a.k.a Sammy, about 23
BUTCH - a big dog who is never seen
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Kathleen Tolan

Kathleen Tolan worked for years as an actor. Her plays includeA Weekend Near Madison, Kate's Diary, Approximating Mother, A Girl's Life and The Wax ...

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A Weekend Near Madison premiered at the Humana Festival at the Actor's Theatre of Louisville in May 1983 under the direction of Emily Mann.

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