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Plays that deal with the theme of "Legacy"

  • 1.  Plays that deal with the theme of "Legacy"

    Posted 05-15-2019 18:07
    Hello Hive Mind!

    I'm looking for our spring play for next year.  Our theme will be "Legacy: What we leave behind".  Our musical is a little smaller, so looking at a potentially mid- to large-sized cast.  Like many of you, our female casting pool is larger than our males.

    So, what shows do you like that focus on the idea of the things we pass on?  Annnnnnd.....GO!

    Thank you!

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    Josh Belk
    Director of Theatre
    Palmer Ridge High School
    Monument, CO
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  • 2.  RE: Plays that deal with the theme of "Legacy"

    Posted 05-15-2019 21:53
    Radium Girls might kinda/sorta fit in a mournful way. Also, maybe Our Town? Both can incorporate a large cast.

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    Ken Buswell
    Drama Teacher
    Peachtree City, GA
    http://mcintoshtheater.org/

    Theater kills ignorance
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  • 3.  RE: Plays that deal with the theme of "Legacy"

    Posted 05-15-2019 22:23
    Kenneth,
    Interestingly, Radium Girls was already one of my thoughts :)

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    Josh Belk
    Director of Theatre
    Palmer Ridge High School
    Monument, CO
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  • 4.  RE: Plays that deal with the theme of "Legacy"

    Posted 05-16-2019 12:15
    There is a wonderful show for two women, but can be expanded to 6. No males, though, that folllows three generations of women and what each pair leaves behind in the form of what their daughters do. The show is The Crimson Thread. Very challenging.

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    Holly Thompson
    Worthington OH
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  • 5.  RE: Plays that deal with the theme of "Legacy"

    Posted 05-16-2019 05:51
    I highly recommend "Letters to Sala." It has opportunities for ensemble work and excellent material for a core group of strong females. The men's roles are relatively small but substantive. It provided some of the best acting experiences we've had in years. And our audiences loved it.

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    Michael Bergman
    Teacher/Director
    The Potomac School
    McLean, VA
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  • 6.  RE: Plays that deal with the theme of "Legacy"

    Posted 05-16-2019 12:34
    You may want to look at the RSC Arabian Nights by Dominic Cooke. Super-flexible cast (we put several girls in pants roles), and the end is really beautiful about how all the stories are collected and passed down through the generations.

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    Cassy Maxton-Whitacre
    Theatre Department Coordinator
    Fishersville VA
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  • 7.  RE: Plays that deal with the theme of "Legacy"

    Posted 05-17-2019 23:53





  • 8.  RE: Plays that deal with the theme of "Legacy"

    Posted 05-20-2019 10:36
    Billy,

    The story sounds lovely. Is there opportunity to expand the cast?  I'd love more opportunities for my performers in the spring.

    Thanks!

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    Josh Belk
    Director of Theatre
    Palmer Ridge High School
    Monument, CO
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  • 9.  RE: Plays that deal with the theme of "Legacy"

    Posted 05-20-2019 11:04
    yes, I think both The Imigrant and The Daly News (both of which I haven't seen in years, but have left a profound impression) could be expanded.
    Billy





  • 10.  RE: Plays that deal with the theme of "Legacy"

    Posted 05-21-2019 11:26
    Hi Josh,

    A play that can have music or not and supports the idea of "Legacy: What we leave behind"  would be .Quilters.  Large or small cast mostly female,  The play mentions how a family's history can be traced in the quilts that are made and passed on.  You can even rent all of the quilts from the copyright holder (at least you use to be able to). It really focus on family and the daughters and what they add to the dynamics of the family.  It's funny, dramatic and real..

    Good Luck,

    Best,

    Mack

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    Mack Dugger
    Teacher
    GUSD
    Glendale CA
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  • 11.  RE: Plays that deal with the theme of "Legacy"

    Posted 05-22-2019 13:23
    Hey, I'd give a huge second to Quilters, which I saw probably 25 years ago at ITF in Muncie. I saw the musical version. (It didn't occur to me that there was a non-musical one.)

    My memory-Mr. Dugger please feel free to correct me-is that each song/scenelet represents an aspect of prairie life-and corresponds to a square in the quilt.  The final image of the play is the entire giant quilt being hoisted up:  an ending I found so moving that my shoulders started to shake.

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    Stephen Gregg
    Playwright
    Venice CA
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  • 12.  RE: Plays that deal with the theme of "Legacy"

    Posted 05-22-2019 15:26
    As Stephen said the play is quite moving, and the final scene when the "completed" quilt is raised is inspiringly wonderful. There are also side stories from the sisters of the family and their take on quilting.
    Some of the side stories add to the tapestry of the play and the story of the quilt.  

    It is a really good piece of theatre. 

    Best,

    Mack
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    Mack Dugger
    Teacher
    Department of Teaching and Learning
    Pacific Avenue Education Center
    440 W. Lomita Ave., Glendale, CA 91204
    "Totus Mundus agit historionem"
    Bravo award winning Teacher
    Kennedy Center Creative Ticket Award
    Laissez les bons temps rouler!





  • 13.  RE: Plays that deal with the theme of "Legacy"

    Posted 05-22-2019 16:46
    Regarding Quilters, so far all I've found is the musical version. Is there a non-musical version? If someone can point me in that direction, I'd appreciate it. :)

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    Josh Belk
    Director of Theatre
    Palmer Ridge High School
    Monument, CO
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