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Osuzannacollage  (Level: 132.1 - Posts: 1299)
Wed, 2nd Apr '08 1:01 AM


At least twenty-five years or so ago, I experienced the most incredibly moving theater performance. It took place in Atlanta at a downtown theater (not The Fox) and it seems that it may have been almost a theater in the round.

Anyway, I believe the author was Jim Peck. I've done lots of searches trying to find this particular play, and so far I've come up empty handed.

It was such an intense production that at least a third of the audience left after or during the first act. Those of us who stayed had the ride of a lifetime.

The play involved about seven characters, all of them from the same small town. I think the central character's name was Alan. "Heavenly shades of night are falling..." was featured prominently throughout the production. This wasn't a musical, but it did have music in it.

After the performance was over -- it was opening night -- the director invited the cast, crew and audience to stay for an impromptu exchange of ideas and impressions. Many of us who had the extreme privilege of being there that evening were moved almost beyond words, but when the words came they flowed. Everyone was involved! What was intended to be a fifteen minute discussion abruptly ended two hours later when the lights were shut off. People were passionate! This play, its plot and its characters gripped us and took over all cares about time and place. We couldn't think about anything else for days.

I bring this up for two reasons. Suzer had asked if any of us knew of any unusual plays that might be performed by her students. Also, my daughter's drama class is also searching for a play with "something extra" to present at the end of the year.

As I recall, it had many moments of humor, pathos and drama. I don't remember anything too off-color -- but it's been a long time. Every character was remarkably strong, and would present a field day for an actor to portray.

It's possible that I've gotten the author's name twisted. It's also possible that the play was just too intense of a theater experience to be risked by many companies, and has therefore been sadly lost in obscurity. There's a chance that the title was "Twilight Time" -- but I'm not at all sure about that.

I would be so grateful to anyone who could possibly help on this!


Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4285)
Wed, 2nd Apr '08 1:42 PM

Wow, that sounds amazing, Susan. I don't know what it is, but I'm interested to find out.

Suzer22  (Level: 166.3 - Posts: 1983)
Thu, 3rd Apr '08 1:04 AM

Geez, that could have been anything! And with a 'talk back' afterward, it is highly likely it was an original or premiere production, and the play may not have ever been published or distributed for others to do

What a shame if it has never gone anywhere after that production you obviously were so moved by.

Bigbird  (Level: 250.7 - Posts: 3354)
Tue, 22nd Apr '08 7:36 AM

Cannot help with your question, but if you want something unusual and powerful, give a look at Larry Gelbart's "Power Failure". Saw a reading of it several years ago, and have been trying to get my Community Theatre group to put it on - they couldn't get the rights as we are in NYC (can't get the rights to lots of stuff in NYC).

It's a really interesting play which starts out with two characters - and then one of those characters goes on to the next scene - and the one of THOSE characters goes on to the NEXT scene, etc, etc, etc. till you come full circle. I really do not remember specifics, but I seem to remember the first scene involved a female reporter interviewing a man who is on death row. She then goes on to the next scene...


Bigdavy  (Level: 142.1 - Posts: 537)
Mon, 30th Jun '08 6:45 PM

Hi Susan, can you tell us anything about the plot of the mystery play?

Osuzannacollage  (Level: 132.1 - Posts: 1299)
Mon, 30th Jun '08 7:08 PM

It's been a bit over 25 years now, but I'll tell you what I recall.

The central character is Alan, a mute (or at least a character who doesn't speak any lines) who is seen swinging from a tire throughout the play on stage right. The other six characters all have some connection to him, and are from the same home town. The set is pretty barebones, and I don't remember any changes there during the production. There are also few props, and those are used in a Chekhovian manner -- you only see them if they're vital to the plot.

There was a very strong performance from the actress who was playing a home town girl who had made it big. She was a country/western singer and had come back to town for some reason or another. Another character was a young woman who was obsessed with "bullshit" and used that word incessantly. Honestly, those are the only characters I remember with any clarity. They had the strongest voices for me.

The whole thing was deep and dark, but in a fascinating way. It drew you in, or you were repulsed by the intensity and fled. No matter your reaction, you did react!

Dangit! I would absolutely love to find this play! If for no other reason, I'd love to read it in hopes of feeling that moved again. Any help would be awesome!

Thank you, Davy!


Suzer22  (Level: 166.3 - Posts: 1983)
Wed, 2nd Jul '08 12:20 AM

OMG - Osuz - could it have been "Crimes of the Heart"? Rent the movie with Jessica Lange, Sissy Spacek, Diane Keaton and Sam Shepard and see if that's the same story.

Osuzannacollage  (Level: 132.1 - Posts: 1299)
Wed, 2nd Jul '08 12:29 AM

Thank you, Suzer. That was a great movie, and I loved it! Unfortunately, it's not the play to which I'm referring. But I do appreciate your help.


Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2853)
Thu, 6th Nov '08 12:49 AM

Have you checked out a site called " "
That site seems to have 1000's of plays. in different categories.

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