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Training Wisteria
Training Wisteria
2003 Best New Play Award-National Playwriting Contest

Kennedy Center National Student Playwrighting Award

Received The David Mark Cohen National Playwriting Award

Received The Mark Twain Comedy Playwriting Award
By Molly Smith Metzler.

Cast: 2m., 3w. Training Wisteria is the story of a contemporary American family in shambles after a recent divorce. As Lynn and her teenage son, Dylan, prepare for his high-school graduation party, the rest of the family orbits and descends upon the house. Rachel, home from the Ivy League and disillusioned by the absence of her father, Stephen, takes on Lynn's broken heart, Dylan's self-abuse and the world. Kacie, only 13, struggles to balance her loyalty to her siblings with a false hope that her father will come home. Lynn tends to the back yard, digging up its decaying compost pile and cultivating a tree that won't be trained. When Stephen shows up for his weekly visitation with Kacie, the thin veneer of civility among him and his children quickly evaporates. Underneath Stephen and Kacie's conversation about mathematics and No. 2 pencils are their pleas: his that she accept his choices, hers that he come to Dylan's graduation. Meanwhile, Dylan, in between beers, systematically destroys the yard, its shed and himself. Face to face with her ex-husband and her son's self-destruction, Lynn is forced to reassess the concepts of family, love and change. Only she can save her children from going the way of the yard. A funny, intimate look at the reality of divorce, Training Wisteria is the winner of the Kennedy Center National Student Playwriting Award, the David Mark Cohen National Playwriting Award and the Mark Twain Comedy Playwriting Award. Mild violence. Unit set. Approximate Running Time: 95 minutes.

Play details
Status:  In Stock
Type of show:  Full-Length
Catalog Code:  TE9
Cast Size:  5
No. of Act(s):  2
Pages:  80
Royalty:  $75.00 /perf.*
Cost:  $8.95
Approx. Running Time:  95 min.
Target Audience: High School | College and Adult
Performing Group: College Theatre | Community Theatre | Stock & Lort
Genre: Comedy | Drama
ISBN (10): 1583422056
Publication Date: 02/16/2004
A native of upstate New York, Molly Smith Metzler is an alumna of Geneseo State University of New York, and Boston University's Graduate Playwriting Program, where she studied under Derek Walcott and Kate Snodgrass. In 2003, her first play, Training Wisteria, won three national awards: the Kennedy Center National Student Playwriting Award, the Mark Twain Award for Comedy Playwriting and ...More
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