What I Meant Was

by  Craig Lucas

10 Minute Play, Drama  /  2m, 2f

In 1968 a family sits down to a seemingly everyday meal, but the conversation that unfolds exposes all the subtext of their family drama. 

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What I Meant Was

by  Craig Lucas

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 2f
  • Duration

    Duration

    10 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Period
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Lambda Award for Drama
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Scene work
    • Competition or audition material
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

In 1968 a family sits down to a seemingly everyday meal, but the conversation that unfolds exposes all the subtext of their family drama. Lucas’ tale illustrates how honesty and forgiveness go hand in hand.
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Accolades

  • WINNER! 2000 Lambda Award for Drama

Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1960s
  • Duration: 10 minutes
  • Setting: A dinner table in Columbia, Maryland, 1968.
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Casting

2m, 2f
HELEN – 49
J. FRED – her husband, 47
FRITZIE – their son, 17
NANA – Helen’s mother, 77
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Features Teens

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Authors

Craig Lucas

Craig Lucas is a American playwright, screenwriter, theatre director, musical actor, and film director. He is currently Associate Artistic Director at the Intiman Theatre in Seattle.Born on April 30, 1951, and abandoned in a car in Atlanta, Lucas was adopted when he was eight months old by a Pennsylvanian couple. His a ...

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What I Meant Was premiered at the Acotr's Theatre of Lousiville under the direction of Jon Jory.

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