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Back Story
Back Story
Based on characters created by Joan Ackermann, Coutney Baron, Neena Beber, Constance Congdon, Jon Klein, Shirley Lauro, Craig Lucas, Eduardo Machado, Donald Margulies, Jane Martin, Susan Miller, John Olive, Tanya Palmer, David Rambo, Edwin Sanchez, Adele Edling Shank, Mayo Simon and Val Smith.

Cast: any combination of male and female actors, from 1m. and 1w. to 11m. and 11w. Back Story is a two-character play written in 19 scenes by 18 playwrights. Back Story illuminates various episodes in the young lives of Ainsley and Ethan Belcher. When Ethan is born in the worst blizzard of the century, his 2-year-old sister, Ainsley, nearly sacrifices a toe trying to clear a path for the baby's arrival. That initial gesture of devotion blossoms into a tale of sibling loyalty, rivalry and love that spans two decades. Inspired by Joan Ackermann's narrative Back Story, each of the 18 playwrights in this collective creation puts a distinctive spin on Ainsley's and Ethan's amusing and poignant struggles with life, each other, and the phantom dad who left them for the wilds of Alaska.

  1. Time to Think, Joan Ackerman
  2. Good Morning to the Horse, Craig Lucas
  3. What Became of the Polar Bear, Mayo Simon
  4. The Reluctant Instrument, Neena Beber
  5. Ethan's Got Get, Unit set. Approximate Running Time: 90 minutes.

Play details
Status:  In Stock
Type of show:  Full-Length
Catalog Code:  B98
Cast Size:  2
No. of Act(s):  1
Pages:  53
Royalty:  $80.00 /perf.*
Cost:  $9.95
Approx. Running Time:  90 min.
Target Audience: High School | College and Adult
Performing Group: High Schools | College Theatre | Community Theatre
Genre: Comedy
ISBN (10): 1583420223
Publication Date: 02/15/2002
Joan Ackermann is co-artistic director of Mixed Company in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, a year-round theater now in its 18th year. Her plays include Zara Spook and Other Lures (1990 Humana Festival of New American Plays), Stanton's Garage (1993 Humana Festival), The Batting Cage (1996 Humana Festival), Don't Ride the Clutch, Yonder Peasant, Bed and Breakfast, The Light of His Eye, ...More
Courtney Baron's 10-minute play The Blue Room premieired at the 1999 Humana Festival. Other productions include Dear Anton (Chekhov Now Festival), You Are Not Forgotton (workshop at the Royal Court Theatre, London), Dream of Heaven and Hell (Walkerspace, New York), The Good Night (Theatre for the New City, New York), Love as a Science (Seattle Fringe Festival), Clip (Frontera Fest), ...More
Neena Beber was most recently at Actors Theatre of Louisville with her ten-minute play Misreadings (included in Best American Short Plays, 1996-7). A Common Vision and The Brief but Exemplary Life of the Living Goddess both premiered at the Magic Theatre; Tomorrowland at New Georges and subsequently Theatre J in Washington, D.C.; Failure to Thrive at Padua Hills Playwrights Festival. ...More
Constance Congdon's works include Tales of the Lost Formicans, which premiered at the Humana Festival and has had more then 100 productions, Lips, So Far, Losing Father's Body, Dark Bridge Mountain, The Automata Pietà, Casanova, which premieired at the New York Shakespeare Festival, and Dog Opera, which was commissioned by the New York Shakespeare Festival. Congdon also wrote the ...More
Jon Klein is the author of 20 produced plays, which have been produced off-Broadway and at such major regional theaters as South Coast Repertory, Arena Stage, Alley Theatre, Alliance Theatre, Center Stage and A Contemporary Theatre. Actors Theatre of Louisville productions include Betty the Yeti and T Bone N Weasel (HBO New Plays USA Award; film version on TNT). Other ...More
Shirley Lauro most recently premiered A Piece of My Heart at Actors Theatre of Louisville, which won the Kitteredge Award and Barbara Deming Prize, and was a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. More than 100 subsequent productions of A Piece of My Heart followed, including Manhattan Theatre Club, Stamford Theatre Works, International City Theatre, Baliwick Repertory, a South ...More
Craig Lucas is the author of plays (Stranger, Dying Gaul, God's Heart, Prelude to a Kiss, Blue Window, Reckless, Missing Persons), movies (Longtime Companion, Prelude to a Kiss, Reckless, Blue Window), opera libretto (Orphans in Love), musical books (Three Postcards, Marry Me a Little), and essays. He has received the Outer Critics Circle, Burns Mantle Best Musical, Drama-Logue, Obie, George ...More
Eduardo Machado is the author of over 25 plays and several translations, including Cuba and the Night, Stevie Wants to Play the Blues, A Burning Beach, Why to Refuse, Broken Eggs and When the Sea Drowns in Sand. His plays have been produced in regional theater all over the country, New York City and London. Some of these theaters include ...More
Donald Margulies is a familiar name at Actors Theatre of Louisville, where two of his plays, Dinner with Friends and July 7, 1994, debuted at previous Humana Festivals. His plays include Collected Stories (Los Angeles Drama Critics' Circle Award, Pulitzer Prize finalist), The Model Apartment (Obie Award, Drama-Logue Award), Sight Unseen (Obie Award, Dramatists Guild/Hull-Warriner Award, Pulitzer Prize finalist, a ...More
Jane Martin returned to Actors Theatre of Louisville with her latest play, Anton in Show Business, following her premiere of Mr. Bundy in the 22nd Humana Festival. Martin, a Kentuckian, first came to national attention for Talking With, a collection of monologues premiering in the 1982 Humana Festival. Since its New York premiere at the Manhattan Theatre Club in 1982, ...More
Susan Miller won her second Obie and the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for her one-woman play, My Left Breast, which premiered at the Humana Festival. She has since performed it in theaters around the country. Nasty Rumors and Final Remarks, Cross Country, Flux, For Dear Life, Confessions of a Female Disorder and It's Our Town, Too, were produced by the ...More
John Olive's Actors Theatre of Louisville productions include Clara's Play, Killers and Evelyn and the Polka King. Other plays included Standing on My Knees, Minnesota Moon, The Voice of the Prairie and The Aspern Papers. Olive's work has been widely produced. His most recent play, The Summer Moon, won a 1997 Kennedy Center Award for Drama, premiered in 1998 ...More
Tanya Palmer is a playwright and a dramaturg. Her plays include My Family is a Foreign Country, Nauvoo, Alone and Fatherland. Alone was workshopped at Here Theatre in NYC and the Wilton Project in L.A., and was later produced at the Montreal Fringe Festival. Fatherland was produced at The Hanger Theatre as part of the Drama League's New Directors project. ...More
David Rambo's play God's Man in Texas received its world premiere at the 1999 Humana Festival, followed by productions at the Warehouse Theatre, Hippodrome, Florida Stage, Northlight Theatre, Stages Repertory and the Old Globe. Other plays include Speaky-Spikey-Spokey, presented at the Ashland New Plays Festival in Oregon, where he has been playwright-in-residence for the last three years—and a farce, There's ...More
Edwin Sánchez's notable productions include Icarus, produced by Actors Theatre of Louisville as part of the Humana Festival and by San Jose Repertory; Barefoot Boy With Shoes On, at Primary Stages in New York as part of their 1999-2000 season; and Unmerciful Good Fortune (AT&T On Stage New Play Award, nominee Best New Play—Jeff Award), co-produced by Northlight Theatre and ...More
Adele Edling Shank has been at Actors Theatre of Louisville with Sunrise/Sunset (co-winner of the Great American Play Contest) and Sand Castles, two of her California Plays. Other full-length plays include Winterplay; Stuck: A Freeway Comedy; The Grass House and Tumbleweed (California Plays); War Horses; Rocks in Her Pocket; With Allison's Eyes; The Wives of the Magi (a play for ...More
Mayo Simon has written extensively for television, film and the stage. His short documentary, Why Man Creates, won a number of international prizes including an Academy Award for best short subject. His plays have been produced in many theaters in this country and in Europe. They include Walking to Waldheim and Happiness (Lincoln Center), L.A. Under Seige (Mark Taper Forum, ...More
Val Smith is the author of numerous plays which have been published and produced nationally. Her first full-length drama, The Gamblers, won the Playhouse on the Square's Mid-South Playwright's Competition, and was produced at American Stage Theatre in New Jersey in 1992. Her second full-length, Ain't We Got Fun, was commissioned and produced by Actors Theatre of Louisville in the ...More
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