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An Uncertain Hour: A Memory Play for Radio (manuscript)
By Nicholas A. Patricca

Cast: 8 to 11 actors, flexible gender, playing multiple roles. Remember the good old days of radio—when people had to use their imaginations—when the mind was a stage? Those days are back—only better! An Uncertain Hour is a memory play telling the story of the transformation of Primo Levi, an Italian-Jewish chemist, into a writer because of his experience in Auschwitz. The memories of the Holocaust constantly interrupt and overwhelm the consciousness of Primo Levi causing him to see himself as a spiritual kin of the ancient mariner who had no choice but to voice his tale "at an uncertain hour" to anyone who would listen. 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. It 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. Approximate Running Time: 90 minutes.

Some of the advantages to producing radio plays:

One Simple Set—A radio station—made up mostly of drapes, a control booth (if desired), mikes, and sound effects equipment.

Less Wardrobe—no changes of wardrobe are necessary.

Less Staging—actors simply stand at mikes most of the time.

Less Rehearsal—actors don't memorize lines—they just read them.

Fewer Cast Members—one actor plays many parts.

No Props—only scripts.

This title is in manuscript format. Upon licensing, a permission to photocopy form will be issued.
Play details
Status:  In Stock
Type of show:  Full-Length
Catalog Code:  U30
No. of Act(s):  2
Pages:  52
Royalty:  $75.00 /perf.*
Cost:  $39.95
Approx. Running Time:  90 min.
Target Audience: High School | College and Adult | Family (All Audiences)
Performing Group: High Schools | College Theatre | Senior Theatre | Community Theatre | Stock & Lort
Genre: Drama | Radio Play
ISBN (10): 1583423532
Publication Date: 02/17/2006
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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