From Door to Door

by  James Sherman

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  3f

"Hilarious and deeply moving" - New York Daily News
"A bittersweet comedy about the blessings and compromises that three generations of women encounter in their pursuit of love, faith and marriage." - The Atlanta Journal-Constituti…

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From Door to Door

by  James Sherman

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Not Applicable
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

A heartwarming, bittersweet comedy about three generations of American women. Mary Goodman, a woman of the "greatest generation" is mourning the loss of her husband. Her daughter, Deborah, is encouraging her to end her period of mourning and move on with a new independence. In a series of scenes between Mary, Deborah, and Mary's mother, Bessie, Mary reflects back on her life as a daughter, wife and mother. A trio of actresses plays the three women over the course of sixty-five years. As Mary's life progresses from childhood to matrimony to motherhood, we see how each successive generation of women lives up to the expectations of the past and makes brave new choices about the future. At the end of the play, the three women stand as links in a chain made of faith, love, and understanding.

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Reviews

"Hilarious and deeply moving" - New York Daily News

"A bittersweet comedy about the blessings and compromises that three generations of women encounter in their pursuit of love, faith and marriage." - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

"Because Sherman has all the details right, they hit home hard, and they touch us with their gentle, tried and true sentiment." - Chicago Tribune

"Sherman's women are Jews, but their trial and trails are universal." - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Senior Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1990s, 1980s, 1970s, 1960s
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: A number of locations in and around Chicago. 1936 to 1999.
  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

3f

MARY - ages from 12 to 76.

BESSIE - Mary's mother, ages from 35 to 94.

DEBORAH - Mary's daughter, ages from 13 to 49.

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Cast Attributes

  • All Female

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Authors

James Sherman

James Sherman is the author of the plays Magic Time, The God of Isaac, Mr. 80%, The Escape Artist, Beau Jest, This Old Man Came Rolling Home, Jest A Second!, Romance in D, From Door to Door, The Old Man’s Friend, Affluenza!, Half and Half, Relatively Close, and Jacob and Jack.James was a theatre student at Illinois Sta ...

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From Door to Door received its premiere production at the Victory Gardens Theater under the direction of Dennis Zacek on November 12, 1999.

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