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In the Middle of Grand Central Station
In the Middle of Grand Central Station
AATE Distinguished Play Award (1992, Upper/Secondary)
By Nancy Pahl Gilsenan.

Cast: 6m., 6w., extras. It';s the crossroads of New York. It';s the hub of Manhattan. It';s old. It';s beautiful. It';s dirty. It';s a noisy, anonymous, unforgettable point of departure for hundreds of thousands of people every day. Grand Central Station is the perfect place to visit, but who';d want to live there? Hundreds of people, many of them penniless and all of them lost, call Grand Central home. This is the story of one—a 15-year-old runaway named Marta de Silva. Loosely based on the true story of a young woman who lived in Grand Central for four years, this play examines the search of one very intelligent, warm and troubled human being to find a place of her own in a disintegrating social system. From a broken family, to city psychiatric wards and through residential treatment centers, Marty has continued to run—until she reaches the "living room" of the world';s most famous train station. Here she finds freedom, friends, dignity, drugs and a kind of hopelessness few American young people can imagine. In the Middle of Grand Central Station is a play about survival and what happens to young people with dreams when the odds are stacked against them. Written in two acts with no scene breaks, the action of the story is bridged by Marty';s inner voice, which narrates her psychological journey from a confident beginning to a tragic end. Area staging. Approximate Running Time: 75 minutes.

Play details
Status:  In Stock
Type of show:  Full-Length
Catalog Code:  I44
Cast Size:  12
No. of Act(s):  2
Pages:  51
Royalty:  $80.00 /perf.*
Cost:  $9.95
Approx. Running Time:  75 min.
Categories
Target Audience: Middle School | High School
Performing Group: High Schools | College Theatre | Community Theatre | Stock & Lort
Genre: Drama
ISBN (10): 0871296047
Biographies
Nancy Gilsenan Hersage is a Los Angeles writer who has written for all three networks (ABC, NBC and CBS) and public television. She is the author of 18 published stage plays and the winner of five national awards in playwriting, including two awards from the Eugene O'Neill Theater National Playwrights Conference. Her plays have been produced on three continents, and ...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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