Ethan Frome (Blackwood)

by  Gary l. Blackwood

Full Length Play, Drama  /  5m, 4f

A highly-theatrical but faithful adaptation of Edith Wharton's romantic and tragic short novel of rural Massachusetts life around the turn of the 20th century. 

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Ethan Frome (Blackwood)

by  Gary l. Blackwood

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    5m, 4f
  • Duration

    Duration

    105 Minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Adaptations (Literature), Period
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

A highly-theatrical but faithful adaptation of Edith Wharton's romantic and tragic short novel of rural Massachusetts life around the turn of the 20th century. The play alternates between two distinct time periods. In one, Ethan Frome is a bitter, broken middle-aged man. In the other, the audience learns, through a series of flashbacks, the events that made him that way: Ethan has resigned himself to a loveless marriage with his cousin Zeena, a humorless hypochondriac. Then a naive, appealing young relative, Mattie Silver, comes to live with them, and Ethan's bleak existence is changed forever. There are no happy endings here, however, and audience members should come armed with several handkerchiefs. The dual-time-frame makes the role of Ethan a real tour de force, but the complex roles of Zeena and Mattie offer plenty of range as well.
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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 19th Century
  • Duration: 105 Minutes
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

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

Casting

5m, 4f
ETHAN FROME - thirties
EDWARD - twenties
ANDREW HALE - fifties-sixties
DENIS EADY - twenties
NED - twenties
MATTIE SILVER - twenties
ZEENA FROME - thirties-forties
MRS. HALE - fifties-sixties
RUTH - twenties
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Authors

Gary l. Blackwood

Gary I. Blackwood is best known as a writer of novels and nonfiction books for young adults and middle readers, yet he manages to find time to pen a stage play now and again.  His scripts - some for children, some for adults - have been produced by amateur, university, and professional theatres th ...

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