Freefall

by  Charles Smith

Full Length Play, Drama  /  3m, 1f

"Mr. Smith has a sharp ear for idiomatic dialogue. . . . [He] is an expert in presenting crime as a seductive, and understandable, option in a world of battered expectations." - N.Y. Times.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 1f
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Mystery/Thriller

Additional Info

This story of two brothers, a thief and a policeman, a dramatic portrayal of what family means in a society that has splintered the traditional institution. Though the brothers express mutual disdain, they can't resist seeking each other out. Their forays into each other's turf result in increasingly hostile confrontations that culminate in tragedy.
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Reviews

"Mr. Smith has a sharp ear for idiomatic dialogue. . . . [He] is an expert in presenting crime as a seductive, and understandable, option in a world of battered expectations." - N.Y. Times.

Considerations

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $90 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1990s
  • Setting: 1991. The south side of Chicago.
  • 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

3m, 1f
GRANT - tightly wound desk cop in his early thirties. He grew up in the streets and even though he has left that life far behind, he still retains an edge.
ALEX - his wife is quintessential middle class. She married Grant in an attempt to touch a life she knew nothing about.
MONK - Grant's brother. An ex-con, large and lumbering, Monk's crudeness comes from an innocent attempt to please.
SPOON - would be working for IBM if born of a different race or class.
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Cast Attributes

  • Role(s) for Black Actor(s)

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Authors

Charles Smith

Charles Smith’s plays include, Freefall, The Sutherland, Black Star Line, Jelly Belly, Young Richard, Cane, and Free Man of Color, which was also produced in Australia, New York, Los Angeles, and around the United States. Free Man of Color was also awarded the Joseph Jefferson Award and a John W. Schmid Award, both ...

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FREEFALL was first presented at the Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago on March 25, 1993. Directed by Dennis Zacek.

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