The Root

by  Gary Richards

Full Length Play, Dark Comedy  /  4m

"A smart, tightly written and thoroughly engrossing modern morality play." - Asbury Park Daily
"One hot squirm on the edge of your seat thriller." - Star Ledger

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4m
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Not Applicable
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Off-Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

The Root, part thriller, part black comedy, is a gritty, urban story of one man’s redemption, albeit, at a steep price. At times horrifying, and at other times, hysterical, The Root is a captivating examination of greed, brutality, and the American dream.

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Reviews

"A smart, tightly written and thoroughly engrossing modern morality play." - Asbury Park Daily

"One hot squirm on the edge of your seat thriller." - Star Ledger

Keywords

Betrayal

Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol
  • Caution Drugs Drugs
  • Artboard 3 Gun Shots
  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language
  • Caution Smoking Smoking

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: A garage in Brooklyn at the foot of the Williamsburg Bridge.
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

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

Casting

4m
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Cast Attributes

  • All Male
  • Ensemble cast
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)

Casting Notes

WILLIE
VINNY
JERRY
CHICK

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Authors

Gary Richards

Gary Richards is a director, actor, producer, and teacher as well as a writer. His plays include The Root (five Drama-Logue Awards, four Carbonell nominations), Children at Play, Scrambled Eggs, Slambook, Social Studies, Dividends (with Fyvush Finkel and Reizl Bozyk), Stag, Shiva, Tropical Depression, Second Summer (Be ...

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First produced at the George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick, N.J., "The Root" opened as a guest production at the Atlantic Theater in Chelsea. Produced by Daryl Roth, directed by Matthew Penn; set by Deborah Jasien; lighting by Donald Holder; costumes by David Loveless; sound by Doug Cuomo; production stage manager, Chris DeCamillis. Presented by Daryl Roth.

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