The American Car: The American Dream

by  Cynthia Mercati

Full Length Play, Drama  /  35boy(s) or girl(s)

This clever blending of scenes and olios sings the praises of the great institution of the American Car, chronicling its history throughout the ages. From horse drawn buggies to real horsepower, so many important events have happened in them in the front seat, the back seat, etc...The prom, cruising…

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The American Car: The American Dream

by  Cynthia Mercati

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    35boy(s) or girl(s)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Farce, Fantasy, Parody / Spoof, Docudrama/Historic
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences
    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Children (Age 6 - 10)
    • Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13)
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

This clever blending of scenes and olios sings the praises of the great institution of the American Car, chronicling its history throughout the ages. From horse drawn buggies to real horsepower, so many important events have happened in them in the front seat, the back seat, etc...The prom, cruising for chicks, drive-in movies, your first driving lesson, all revolve around the American Car. This ensemble piece that can be done with as large or as small a cast as desired. Longer scenes have been mixed and matched with shorter scenes. There are also four fun olios that can be used between scenes. The play has been produced with a real Model T and contemporary car on stage, and also with props and stage pieces. A fresh challenging opportunity for advanced ensemble acting.
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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • Jr High/Primary
  • High School/Secondary
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Setting: Past and Present. The set should be a simple one. Generic flats or backdrops can be used, with set pieces to indicate and time and location. A Model T and a contemporary car can be indicated by a side cutout, or it can be more elaborately designed.
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Period Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: No Chorus

Casting

35boy(s) or girl(s)
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Flexible casting

Casting Notes

The show is an ensemble piece and can be done with as large or as small a cast as desired. The central character, our Narrator, or perhaps our guardian angel, can be female or male. Flexible cast of 10-35.

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Authors

Cynthia Mercati

Cynthia Mercati has had shows performed in each of the fifty US states, as well as Australia and Canada. Many of her plays are published by Samuel French. As Playwright-in-Residence at the Des Moines, Iowa, Playhouse, Ms. Mercait wrote a show each season for Actors on Tour, the professional childre ...

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