Approaching Zanzibar

by  Tina Howe

Full Length Play, Drama  /  2m, 4f, 2boy(s), 1girl(s)

"A comedy with serious undertones ... that takes the audience by surprise time after time.... What pervades the show is Miss Howe's originality and purity of dramatic imagination." - The New Yorker

Read more +

Approaching Zanzibar

by  Tina Howe

License Estimator

Use this tool for cost estimates based on your specific needs.

  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 4f, 2boy(s), 1girl(s)
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Off-Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

This play by the author of Pride's Crossing, among others, follows the Blossom family as they travel cross country to see Aunt Olivia, who has cancer. She is a renowned environmental artist who creates enormous sculptures out of kites. The family camps along the way, having various adventures and meeting relatives and strangers. When they arrive in Taos, New Mexico, Olivia is fading in and out of reality, or is she?
Read more +

Reviews

REVIEWS

"A comedy with serious undertones ... that takes the audience by surprise time after time.... What pervades the show is Miss Howe's originality and purity of dramatic imagination. " - The New Yorker

Considerations

Performing Groups

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

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Setting: Several locations on a cross country roadtrip
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Casting

2m, 4f, 2boy(s), 1girl(s)
WALLACE BLOSSOM - A composer, 49 
CHARLOTTE BLOSSOM - His wife, 45 
TURNER BLOSSOM - Their son, a prodigy, 12 
PONY BLOSSOM - Their nearsighted daughter, 9 
RANDY WANDS - A new father, 43 
PALACE ST. JOHN - A hearty grandmother, 63 
FLETCHER ST. JOHN - 
Her deaf grandson, 11 
SCOTTY CHILDS - Charlotte's brother, a landscape architect, 48 
JOY CHILDS - His new wife, a TV newscaster who's black and 7 months pregnant, 28 
AMY CHILDS - Scotty's athletic daughter, played by a boy, 11 
DALIA PAZ - Olivia's Mexican nurse, 28 
OLIVIA CHILDS - Charlotte's aunt, an eminent site specific artist, 81
DR. SYBIL WREN - Her doctor, with a severe limp, 60's
See all +

Cast Attributes

  • Role(s) for Black Actor(s)
  • Role(s) for Latino Actor(s)
  • Roles for Children
  • Parts for Senior Actors

More

Authors

Tina Howe

Tina Howe’s most produced plays include “Birth and After Birth”, “Museum”, “The Art of Dining”, “Painting Churches”, “Coastal Disturbances”, “Approaching Zanzibar” and “Pride’s Crossing”. These and other works premiered at the Public Theater, the Kennedy Center, Second Stage, The Old Globe Theatre, Lincoln Center Theat ...

View full profile

Approaching Zanzibar premiered at the Second Stage Theatre in New York City in April 1989 under the direction of Carole Rothman.

Now Playing

Community Experiences