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The Wake
The Wake
"Most everyone knows that funny man Steve Allen has a serious side. Less well known is the story of Allen's childhood in Chicago, lived out against the bleak background of the Depression and the equally hazardous battleground of his Irish-Catholic family. " —The Hollywood Reporter
By Steve Allen.

Cast: 5m., 7w. (2 boys, 1 girl.) The Scanlon siblings, who have never gotten along, are gathering from far and wide for the wake of their mother, Bridget, "one of the few saints on earth." As she lies in her casket in the cluttered Scanlon living room, family emotions run wild with each new arrival. This is a deeply human and heartfelt portrait of a big brawling family filled with foibles, kindness, old wounds, and passion. "There's a feeling of a home that has seen much pain but also has heard some laughter. And the Scanlons can laugh. They're Irish and Allen remembers that too." (Los Angeles Times) "One gets a feeling of seeing something deeply personal and poignant from Allen's childhood. Coming from Steve Allen, this is accomplished with plenty of laughs and some deadly accurate portraits... We can see a hint of a humorous Eugene O'Neill here." (Milwaukee Journal) One int. set.

Play details
Status:  In Stock
Type of show:  Full-Length
Catalog Code:  W80
Cast Size:  12
No. of Act(s):  2
Pages:  100
Royalty:  $75.00 /perf.*
Cost:  $8.95
Approx. Running Time:  130 min.
Categories
Target Audience: High School | College and Adult
Performing Group: College Theatre | Senior Theatre | Community Theatre | Stock & Lort
Genre: Comedy | Drama
ISBN (10): 0871297191
Biographies
Steve Allen (1921-2000) In the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s the single most talented individual in the entertainment world was Noel Coward, who achieved great success as an actor, vocalist, pianist, author, composer, lyricist and director. During a visit to our shores in the early 1950s, Sir Noel described Steve Allen as "the most talented man in America." Andy Williams once ...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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