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Never Come Morning
Never Come Morning
By Paul Peditto.Based on the novel by Nelson Algren.

Cast: 9m., 2w. "It doesn't get any better than this. A vintage Windy City story told with patented Chicago realism. Algren would be proud," writes the Chicago Tribune of this adaptation of Nelson Algren's epic novel of passion, pathos and despair. Never Come Morning traces the lives of Polish youths in Wicker Park Chicago circa 1942. At the center is Bruno "Lefty" Bicek, a gifted 20-year-old boxer and "petty thief working his way up the Felony Hit Parade." With his girlfriend, Steffi Rostenkowski, they brave an unholy alliance of petty thuggery, smalltime organized crime and Chicago-style ward politics. Boxing is his ticket to escape hard times and gang life, but when Bruno doesn't prevent the brutal gang rape of Steffi, it tears them apart, their worlds changed forever. Bruno is sent to jail and Steffi to a brothel governed by the brutality of a local crime boss. Attempting to escape their fate, Steffi is asked to betray Bruno. The result is shocking - a last twist of fate that hits the audience like a sledgehammer left to the belly. From the no-man's land under the Division Street El tracks, to card games, brothels, jail cells and the boxing ring, Peditto sculpts Algren's world with visual poetry conceived in the gritty, bone-breaking Chicago school of realism. A timeless urban folk tale and tour de force ensemble work. Single set.

Play details
Status:  In Stock
Type of show:  Full-Length
Catalog Code:  N40
Cast Size:  11
No. of Act(s):  2
Pages:  57
Royalty:  $75.00 /perf.*
Cost:  $8.95
Approx. Running Time:  70 min.
Categories
Target Audience: High School | College and Adult
Performing Group: College Theatre | Community Theatre | Stock & Lort
Genre: Drama | Literary Classic
ISBN (10): 0871295970
Biographies
Nelson Algren (1909-1981) observed the Great Depression and wrote about it in his first novel, Somebody in Boots. His observations of poverty and crime among the Poles of Chicago's West Side became his second book, Never Come Morning. The Man with the Golden Arm, a gritty portrayal of the world of petty crime and drug addiction, was a best-seller and ...More
Paul Peditto began writing in London in 1978. He traveled and lived throughout Europe and Jerusalem, settling in New York in 1983, where he worked as a horse and carriage driver, and vibrating pillow salesman. Later in Atlantic City he worked as a craps dealer, and then lived in Chicago from 1988 to the present, working at the Hollywood Casino-Aurora. ...More
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This title can only be licensed/sold in the U.S. and Canada
* Please note that royalties quoted in our catalog are intended for K-12 schools with a standard curriculum only. All other producing groups must submit a completed application.


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