The Taking of Miss Janie

by  Ed Bullins

Full Length Play, Drama  /  5m, 4f

The Taking of Miss Janie tells the story of a decade as the youth of this generation undergoes their individual experiences.

"...a metaphor for race relations." - New York Times

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The Taking of Miss Janie

by  Ed Bullins

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    5m, 4f
  • Duration

    Duration

    105 Minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Period, Experimental, Docudrama/Historic
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Obie, From Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

The Taking of Miss Janie tells the story of a decade as the youth of this generation undergoes their individual experiences. Bullins's play presents a group of college students who struggle to find their place in society. While some of the characters face the problems of interpersonal relationships, others try to find a viable way to cause social and political change. Everyone begins the decade with hope, energy, and a sense of purpose; however, these qualities are quickly diffused as they each confront their personal responsibility for whatever change comes next. 
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Accolades

  • * WINNER! 1975 Obie Award for Direction (Gilbert Moses) and Playwrighting (Ed Bullins)

    * WINNER! 1975 Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best American Play  (Ed Bullins) 

Reviews

"...a metaphor for race relations." - New York Times

"Mr. Bullins does not single out his...characters for blame...The failure of the ideals of the ’60s, it seems, is just about everybody’s fault." - New York Times 

Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • Caution Intense Adult Intense Adult Themes
  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance


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Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1960s
  • Duration: 105 Minutes
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Casting

5m, 4f
JANIE
LEN
FLOSSY
RICK
MONTY
PEGGY
LONNIE
SHARON
MORT SILBERSTEIN
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Cast Attributes

  • Multicultural casting

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Authors

Ed Bullins

Ed Bullins, an African American playwright and author, was born in 1935. Born in Philadelphia, Edward Artie Ed Bullins grew up in a tough part of Philadelphia and was almost stabbed to death as a young man. In 1952, he dropped out of high school and joined the navy. In 1958, he moved to Los Angeles, to attend Los An ...

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The Taking of Miss Janie premiered at the Public Theater in 1975 under the direction of Gilbert Moses. 

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