The Nature of Captivity

by  Matthew Paul Olmos

Full Length Play, Dark Comedy  /  2m, 2f

Winner! 2011 BBC Top Prize of the Americas
In part one, a put'upon family is run from their home by a settlement of people. In part two, a settlement of people get a surprise guest while simply trying to run a put'upon family from their home.

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The Nature of Captivity

by  Matthew Paul Olmos

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 2f
  • Duration

    Duration

    105 Minutes
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Princess Grace, BBC International Top Prize of The Americas Award
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Cutting Approved for Competition

Additional Info

Inspired by the Dog Catcher Riots. In part one, a put'upon family is run from their home by a settlement of people. In part two, a settlement of people get a surprise guest while simply trying to run a put'upon family from their home.

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Accolades

  • Winner! 2011 BBC Top Prize of the Americas

Reviews

"In this fascinating and intelligent play we are not given shades of grey, but absolute force being punched through defeating utterly last survivors. In the first act a quartet of actors are a makeshift family who are tyrannized by incoming settlers. In the second act the play inverts with the same actors playing the settlers. We know they are the same people. Now they drive the grinding machines that once were out to kill them.

This world is a firefight with explosions of laughter and outbreaks of kindness in the relentless progression of destruction and survival at any cost.

Everyone brings their own story to The Nature of Captivity with the feeling we are in the presence of the deepest of secrets." - Terry O'Reilly, Co-Artistic Director, Mabou Mines

Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • Artboard 3 Gun Shots
  • Caution Intense Adult Intense Adult Themes
  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Not Applicable
  • Duration: 105 Minutes
  • Setting:

    Versatile set: suggested a broken down house or makeshift home in act one; and a vacant or extravagant room in act two. Can be done minimalistic. 

  • Additional Features: Stage Combat

Casting

2m, 2f
1st Act
JUSTUS - the alpha
NELLIE – the one that needs protectin’
LULU – the one always out the house
GOOCH – in love with Lulu

2nd Act
JUSTIN - same actor as Justus
ELEANOR - same actress as Nellie
LUCY - same actress as Lulu
GOON - same actor as Gooch
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Cast Attributes

  • Flexible casting
  • Multicultural casting
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

Casting Notes

The actors in the first act play differerent, but related characters, in the second act. 

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Authors

Matthew Paul Olmos

Matthew Paul Olmos was born and raised in Los Angeles to a police officer and Labor/Delivery nurse. He is a three-time Sundance Institute Fellowship/Residency recipient (2014 Lab, 2013 UCROSS, 2009 Time Warner Storytelling Fellow), New Dramatists Resident Playwright, the 2012 Princess Grace Awardee in Playwriting and w ...

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The Nature of Captivity was first presented as a workshop production as part of Mabou Mines/SUITE Resident Artist Program at Performance Space 122 in New York City in March 2011. It was directed by Victor Malana Maog. Mentored by Ruth Maleczech and Terry O'Reilly, Mabou Mines Co-Artistic Directors

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