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Body Awareness

Annie Baker

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  2f, 2m

Nominee! Outer Critics Circle, John Gassner Award

Body Awareness

by  Annie Baker

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  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    2f, 2m
  • Duration
    Duration
    90 minutes
  • SubGenre
    Subgenre
    Not Applicable
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    • Adult
Accolades
Accolades
  • Nominee! Outer Critics Circle John Gassner Award
Description
It’s Body Awareness Week on a Vermont college campus and Phyllis, the organizer, and her partner, Joyce, are hosting one of the guest artists in their home: Frank, a photographer famous for his female nude portraits. Both his presence in the home and his chosen subject instigate tension from the start. Phyllis is furious at his depictions, but Joyce is actually rather intrigued by the whole thing, even going so far as to contemplate posing for him. As Joyce and Phyllis bicker, Joyce’s adult son, who may or may not have Asperger syndrome, struggles to express himself physically – with heartbreaking results.
History
Body Awareness was first presented Off Broadway by the Atlantic Theater Company in New York City in May 2008. It was directed by Karen Kohlhaas.

Considerations

Performing Groups
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
Cautions
  • Mild Adult Themes

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Specifics

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: A kitchen. A bedroom. A blackboard.
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Casting

2f, 2m
Cast Attributes
  • Not Applicable
JOYCE - 55 
JARED - 21, her son 
PHYLLIS - 45, her girlfriend 
FRANK BONITATIBUS - 59

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)

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Press

"The deepest and richest of the three plays by Annie Baker that make up the Shirley, VT Plays Festival...Editor's Pick!" - The Boston Globe

"An engaging new comedy by a young playwright with a probing, understated voice...Its quiet rewards steal up on you." - The New York Times

"Sexuality's endless capacity to make us miserable is the keynote of Annie Baker's gentle satire, which takes just four actors and 90 minutes to spin an astonishingly complex web of emotions and ideas...Body Awareness is a smart, modest work about ordinary, flawed people, grasping for connection, but none of it feels small, thanks to Baker's sharp ear for the deeply painful—and funny—longings squirming under her characters' dialogue. What a beautiful start to a young playwright's theatrical body of work." - Time Out New York

"An impressive and occasionally beautiful meditation on the mysteries of being moved." - The New Yorker

"When you're looking around trying to find interesting plays, the first thing you listen for is the truth of the author's voice" - Neil Pepe, Artistic Director, Atlantic Theatre Company

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Annie Baker

Annie Baker's full-length plays include The Flick (Playwrights Horizons, OBIE Award for Playwriting, Susan Smith Blackburn Prize), Circle Mirror Transformation (Playwrights Horizons, OBIE Award for Best New American Play, Drama Desk nomination for Best Play), The Aliens (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, OBIE Award for ...

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