Conrad Jarrett had an older brother named Buck, and now Buck is gone. What's left of young Conrad's family, with his successful, well-intentioned father and his beautiful, organized and remote mother, is in terrible jeopardy, as is Conrad himself. They are all "ordinary people" and each is fighting a hard battle. This play goes to the essence of a young man, his friends and family, their relationships and survival. This full-length play is an extraordinary opportunity for your cast, as each role has a rich texture and purpose that will challenge and stretch your actors. A critic from The New York Times summed up, "The anxiety, despair and joy that is common to every human experience … if Conrad and his family are ordinary people, why then so are we all."
- Type of Show Full-length Play
- Product Code O39000
- Cast Size 9
- Min. Royalty Rate $90/perf
- Cost $10.95
- Approx. Run Time 90 min
- Target Audience High School | College and Adult | Family (all ages)
- Performing Group High School | College Theatre | Community Theatre | Professional Theatre | Dinner Theatre
- Genre Drama
- ISBN(13) 9780871295002
- "Impeccably performed; an audience pleaser. We have a blackbox-style theatre setup, so we created a revolving stage/turntable in order to accommodate the Jarrett Home / Berger Office. Audience very moved by its emotional moments."
- Review by Glenn Pniewski, Village of Green Park Rec Dept., Evergreen Park, Ill.
- "The perfect blend! The audience equally laughed and cried. A very sad realistic look at today's dysfunctional families. However, for this family there's a light at the end of the tunnel."
- Review by Debi Ferrara, Westvale Christian Theatre Co., Salt Lake City, UT
- "This show has been an amazing opportunity for our students to talk about issues close to their home: grief, loss, blame, isolation and depression."
- Review by Ann Sorensen, Minnehaha Academy Upper School, Minneapolis, Minn.
Hints, Tips, and Tricks
- "We went with minimalistic style, letting the actors tell the story, rather than concentrating on walls and furniture. Did alot with special lighting. Do not let actors see the 1980 movie (If they have not already), as the play is a direct adaptation of the book, and therefore, characterizations are bit different. The play is its own. It will create a very deep ensemble feeling in your cast."
- Tip by Glenn Pniewski, Village of Green Park Rec Dept., Evergreen Park, Ill.
- "We used gauzy curtains that flowed up and down to separate the three-four performing areas so audience members knew where to look."
- Tip by Stephanie Barton-Farcas, Nicu's Spoon, New York, N.Y.