by  Nina Shengold

Full Length Play, Drama  /  2m, 3f

"Striking new playwright and play...What an extraordinary debut." - Los Angeles Herald Examiner
"Remarkable for eviscerating honesty." - Los Angeles Times

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 3f
  • Duration


    105 Minutes
  • Accolades


    Not Applicable
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Monologues
    • Scene work
    • Competition or audition material
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

It is 1979 on an island in southeast Alaska. Fisherman Neal Raftery returns from a week long stay in town with his deck hand, a New Yorker who calls herself Jake. In Alaska for summer adventure, Jake soon discovers she has joined a complicated household. Over the course of the eventful summer, its five troubled inhabitants struggle to come to terms with themselves, each other, and the past.

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"Striking new playwright and play...What an extraordinary debut." - Los Angeles Herald Examiner

"Remarkable for eviscerating honesty." - Los Angeles Times

"Fine new play with a view of an unusual world...Each character is a fully developed real human being and all are colorful...There is humor and tragedy in this always absorbing and suspenseful drama." - New Haven Journal Courier

"Landmark American drama." - Fairpress


Betrayal, Memory


Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups


  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance



  • Time Period: 1970s
  • Duration: 105 Minutes
  • Setting: Summer, 1979.
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Period Costumes


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


2m, 3f

NEAL RAFTERY - a subsistence fisherman, 38. Powerful, charismatic, rage shielding warmth, deeply needy.
JACK RAFTERY - his brother, 30. Quick, light, irrepressible, a dodger, strength on reserve.
EDRA STONE - Jack's fiancee, 33. Earthy, worn, pragmatic, doesn't miss trick.
JACQUELINE "JAKE" ROBBINS - 24. Vibrant, energetic, wide open, self-efficacy eager to please, stronger than she knows.
LAUREL SIERRA MILLIS - 14, smart, sacracastic and very deeply bruised. Tries to cover her needs with an angry toughness. Can't.
DICK and GUS - good ole boys, any age.
OSIE OLSEN - a hearty ex-logging camp cook in her sixties.

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Cast Attributes

  • Roles for Teens
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

Casting Notes

Dick, Gus, and Osie Olsen are voices on CB Marine Radio



Nina Shengold

Nina Shengold won the Writers Guild Award for her teleplay Labor of Love, starring Marcia Gay Harden, and the ABC Playwright Award for Homesteaders. Her one-act plays have been produced throughout the U.S. and in Canada, Eu ...

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Homesteaders was first presented by producing directors Bruce Bouchard & Peter H. Clough at the Capital Repertory Company in Albany, New York, in February 1983. It was directed June Stein. The play was subsequently presented by artistic director Arvin Brown at the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, Connecticut, in Frebruary 1984. It was directed by John Pasquin.

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