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Why We Have a Body
Why We Have a Body
By Claire Chafee.

Cast: 4w. "Most of the women in Claire Chafee's elegant comedy are searchers by trade. Archaeologists, paleontologists and private investigators, they spend their time ferreting out clues, digging up the past, checking out different possibilities. Risk and uncertainty are their daily bread. These gals are perpetually out on a limb. In each case, the women's chosen fields are a flight from traditional roles, propelled by a fear of getting stuck in a groove of routine. At the nucleus is a family of women at odds with the world around them. Private investigator Lili is a lesbian who stalks guys cheating on their wives and romances confused straight women, in this instance a paleontologist, Renee, headed toward divorce. Lili's sister Mary is mentally unhinged, sublimating all of her Joan of Arc and Ophelia fantasies by holding up 7-Elevens and directing traffic. Their mother, Eleanor, has traded in her maternal hat for the rugged life of an archaeologist-historian specializing in the female brain." (N. Y Newsday) "... writing that sparkles... Its four female characters would all seem to be desperately searching, not so much for their bodies, as for something much more ethereal, like meaning and identity. It is in this search that the playwright exploits the comedy of their respective dilemmas." (Drama-Logue) Area staging.

Play details
Status:  In Stock
Type of show:  Full-Length
Catalog Code:  W79
Cast Size:  4
No. of Act(s):  2
Pages:  50
Royalty:  $80.00 /perf.*
Cost:  $9.95
Approx. Running Time:  60 min.
Target Audience: College and Adult
Performing Group: College Theatre | Stock & Lort
Genre: Comedy
ISBN (10): 087129690X
Claire Chafee studied acting and directing in New York and London, spent a year in the MFA program at Brown, and took a year's position as associate artist at the Magic Theatre in San Francisco. Her plays, Why We Have a Body (four San Francisco Dramalogue Awards and the Bay Area Critic's Circle Award for original script) and Even ...More
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