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An Uncertain Hour
An Uncertain Hour
By Nicholas A. Patricca.

Cast: 9m., 2w. (One young boy.) An intensely dramatic and moving play, An Uncertain Hour tells the story of the transformation of Primo Levi, an Italian-Jewish chemist, into a writer because of his experience in Auschwitz. The play poetically explores the spiritual struggle at the heart of all of Primo Levi's writing: the dual effort of every person to resist spiritual as well as physical extinction and to construct a meaning for human existence. The style of the play is rooted in the forms of oral storytelling common to the poets of the mountain country of northern and central Italy. This style understands the actors as storytellers, performing whatever roles or tasks are necessary to communicate the story to the audience. An Uncertain Hour portrays Primo Levi as a Dante for our times, calling us from the "infernos" of our own making, the various false lights of modern ideologies and dominating powers, to a genuine, human "paradiso," the light of sympathetic understanding, courageous compassion, and generous creativity for the good of all—the true purpose of science and art. Unit set.

Play details
Status:  In Stock
Type of show:  Full-Length
Catalog Code:  U17
Cast Size:  11
No. of Act(s):  2
Pages:  52
Royalty:  $75.00 /perf.*
Cost:  $8.95
Approx. Running Time:  65 min.
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Target Audience: Middle School | High School | College and Adult | Family (All Audiences)
Performing Group: High Schools | College Theatre | Community Theatre | Stock & Lort
Genre: Drama
ISBN (10): 0871295342
Biographies
Nicholas A Patricca is professor emeritus of theatre at Loyola University Chicago; playwright in residence at Victory Gardens Theater, Chicago; artistic associate at Bailiwick Repertory, Chicago. He has been active in the Chicago theatre movement since the mid-1970s. He was a founding member and artistic director of Chicago New Plays, a playwrights collective, and is a founding member of the ...More
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* 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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