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Polaroid Stories
Polaroid Stories
Drama. By Naomi Iizuka.

Cast: 5m., 5w. (Gender-flexible casting is permitted.) A visceral blend of classical mythology and real life stories told by street kids, Naomi lizuka's Polaroid Stories journeys into a dangerous world where myth-making fulfills a fierce need for transcendence, where storytelling has the power to transform a reality in which characters' lives are continually threatened, devalued and effaced. Not all the stories these characters tell are true; some are lies, wild yams, clever deceits, baroque fabrications. But whether or not a homeless kid invents an incredible history for himself isn't the point, explains diarist-of-the-street Jim Grimsley. "All these stories and lies add up to something like the truth." Inspired in part by Ovid's Metamorphoses, Iizuka's Polaroid Stories takes place on an abandoned pier on the outermost edge of a city, a way stop for dreamers, dealers and desperadoes, a no-man's land where runaways seek camaraderie, refuge and escape. Serpentine routes from the street to the heart characterize the interactions in this spellbinding tale of young people pushed to society's fringe. Informed, as well, by interviews with young prostitutes and street kids, Polaroid Stories conveys a whirlwind of psychic disturbance, confusion and longing. Like their mythic counterparts, these modem-day mortals are engulfed by needs that burn and consume. Their language mixes poetry and profanity, imbuing the play with lyricism and great theatrical force. Flexible staging. Approximate running time: 2 hours.

Play details
Status:  In Stock
Type of show:  Full-Length
Catalog Code:  P91
Cast Size:  10
No. of Act(s):  2
Pages:  81
Royalty:  $75.00 /perf.*
Cost:  $8.95
Approx. Running Time:  120 min.
Categories
Target Audience: High School | College and Adult
Performing Group: High Schools | College Theatre | Stock & Lort
Genre: Drama
ISBN (10): 0871299399
Biographies
Naomi Iizuka's Polaroid Stories was originally commissioned by En Garde Arts in New York, produced in the 1997 Humana Festival of New Plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville and received the 1998 PEN Center West Award for Drama. Her other plays include Skin, Scheherazade, Marlowe's Eye, Tattoo Girl and Carthage. Her work has been produced at SoHo Rep, the Dallas ...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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