Precious Little

by  Madeleine George

Full Length Play, Dark Comedy  /  3f

Brodie, a gifted linguist, learns unsettling news about the baby she carries. Unable to get comfort from her girlfriend, she finds it in the two least likely sources imaginable: the elderly speaker of a vanishing language… and a gorilla at the zoo.

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Precious Little

by  Madeleine George

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Cutting Approved for Competition
    • Scene work
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

Brodie, a gifted linguist, learns unsettling news about the baby she carries. Unable to get comfort from her girlfriend, she finds it in the two least likely sources imaginable: the elderly speaker of a vanishing language…and a gorilla at the zoo. Madeleine George’s irreverent and charming new play reveals the beauty and the limits of human language.
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Accolades

  • WINNER - 10 Best Plays of 2011, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Reviews




REVIEWS

"A crisp, fast-moving, tough-minded but often comic play about love, language, memory, culture and commitment." - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

"Just sit in your chair and let George's ideas and words flood over you and raise you up. Her use of language is at the same time incredibly economic and hugely expansive." - Pittsburgh City Paper

"An 80-minute little gem that makes a big impression." - San Francisco Chronicle

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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Professional Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: New Millennium/21st Century
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: Institutional enclosures: counseling room, office, ultrasound room, audio booth, zoo.
  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

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

Casting

3f
A - female, 60s, plays THE APE, DOROTHY, CLEVA, and THE BABY
B - female, 40s, plays BRODIE
C - female, 20s, plays THE ZOO GOERS, RHIANNON, EVELYN, DRE, and GLORIA
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Cast Attributes

  • All Female

Casting Notes

The Ape does not wear an ape suit. The Zoogoers are a single character - the multivoiced character of a crowd - rather than one actor playing many roles.

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Authors

Madeleine George

Madeleine George's plays The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence (Pulitzer Prize finalist), Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England (Susan Smith Blackburn finalist), Precious Little, and The Zero Hour (Jane Chambers Award, Lambda Literary Award finalist), have been produced by Playwrights Horizons, 13P, Clubbe ...

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Precious Little was first produced in June 2009, as part of the Summerworks series, by Clubbed Thumb, under artistic director Maria Striar, where it was directed by Hal Brooks. The play received its Chicago premiere in March 2011 by Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, where it was produced by Tara Mallen and Mary Cross and directed by Julieanne Ehre. The play was subsequently produced in April 2011 by City Theatre in Pittsburgh, under artistic director Tracy Brigden, directed by Tracy Brigden, and in August 2012 by Shotgun Players in Berkeley, under artistic director Patrick Dooley, where it was directed by Marissa Wolf.

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