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The Gift Horse
The Gift Horse
Winner of the 2000-2001 Theodore Ward Prize for African-American playwriting

"[The Gift Horse] essentially moves Wendy Wasserstein's The Heidi Chronicles out of the world of privileged Jews and into the world of privileged African-Americans." —Chicago Reader
By Lydia R. Diamond.

Cast: 4m., 2w. A soulful cello solo played by a beautiful young African-American woman sets The Gift Horse in motion. As the mysterious cellist departs, the audience meets Ruth, a warm, attractive African-American woman with an easy laugh and a sharp sense of humor. While Ruth remembers her college days, the audience returns there with her, reliving times when life trajectories were set and bonds with friends and lovers were forged. Ruth takes the audience on her tumultuous journey from then to now, moving back and forth in time as characters from the past and present collide. We learn about Ruth, Ernesto, Brian, Noah, Bill and Jordan. These highly articulate characters confront each other directly and indirectly around issues that challenge us culturally. And the mysterious cellist spools her story as well. The Gift Horse explores the complexities of human interaction in love, commitment and tragedy and celebrates the resilience of the soul. Area staging. Approximate Running Time: 2 hours.

Play details
Status:  In Stock
Type of show:  Full-Length
Catalog Code:  G83
Cast Size:  6
No. of Act(s):  2
Pages:  38
Royalty:  $80.00 /perf.*
Cost:  $9.95
Approx. Running Time:  120 min.
Target Audience: College and Adult
Performing Group: College Theatre
Genre: Drama
ISBN (10): 1583424636
Publication Date: 11/14/2007
Lydia R. Diamond is a Huntington Playwriting Fellow and a resident playwright at Chicago Dramatists. Her plays include Stage Black (premiered at Arts Consortium of Cincinnati, 3rd place Theodore Ward Prize); The Gift Horse (premiered at the Goodman Theatre, 2nd place Kesselring Prize, 1st place Theodore Ward Prize); Stick Fly (premiered at Congo Square Theatre Company, 2006 Joseph Jefferson Award ...More
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