The Beams Are Creaking

by  Douglas Anderson

Full Length Play, Drama  /  8m, 2f

This compelling drama captures the Bonhoeffer legend on a rich theatrical canvas without ever sacrificing the very human story at the base of it.

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The Beams Are Creaking

by  Douglas Anderson

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    8m, 2f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Biography
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Cutting Approved for Competition
    • UIL Approved
    • Competition or audition material
  • Audience

    Target Audience

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

Additional Info

We have found it impossible to praise this play too highly. It is the inspiring, powerful, true story of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the German theologian who defied the Nazis and ultimately led an assassination attempt against Hitler. This compelling drama captures the Bonhoeffer legend on a rich theatrical canvas without ever sacrificing the very human story at the base of it. Part political thriller, part love story, leavened with moments of humor, filled with a compassion that reaffirms one's faith in man. A masterpiece for the producer of serious theatre by a playwright who, on the basis of this play, was commissioned by the Actors' Theatre of Louisville to develop a script for their internationally acclaimed theatre festival.
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Reviews

"Douglas Anderson's illuminating drama...proves to be as exciting a political thriller as it does a savvy character study." - The Seattle Times

Keywords

Politics, War

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1940s / WWII, 1930s
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: Berlin, 1932-1945.
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

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

Casting

8m, 2f
DIETRICH BOHNHOEFFER
COMPANY
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Cast Attributes

  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Expandable casting
  • Flexible casting
  • Room for Extras

Casting Notes

A company of nine portray dozens of characters in Bonhoeffer's life.

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Authors

Douglas Anderson

Douglas Anderson

The Beams are Breaking was originally presented at Case Western University in October, 1978. It was directed by Arno Selco.

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