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Charles Ives Take Me Home

Jessica Dickey

Full Length Play, Drama  /  1f, 2m

Dissonance, defense, and devotion are explored in the poignant and comedic story of Charles Ives Take Me Home

Charles Ives Take Me Home

by  Jessica Dickey

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  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    1f, 2m
  • Duration
    Duration
    90 minutes
  • SubGenre
    Subgenre
    Not Applicable
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    • Appropriate for all audiences
    • Adult
Accolades
Accolades
  • Susan Blackburn Prize Nomination for Best Play 
Description
History

Charles Ives Take Me Home premiered in New York City at the Rattlestick Theatre in December of 2013. 

Considerations

Performing Groups
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
Cautions
  • No Special Cautions

Licence details

  • Minimum Fee: £55 per performance plus VAT when applicable.

Specifics

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Setting:

The play takes place in 1987 (though hopefully no one will notice much). The set should be a simple, open playing area.

Casting

1f, 2m
Cast Attributes
  • Ensemble cast
CHARLES IVES - The modernist composer. Well into the latest years of his life, but full of enthusiasm and mischief and humor. Deeply subversive and humanist.
COACH LAURA STARR - 30s. Slightly butch, geeky, high school basketball coach. Takes the game very seriously. Great dribbling skills. Tough and vulnerable.  
JOHN STARR - 50s. A talented violinist. Strict, patriarchal, devoted to his music, a cold father. Resentful of sports.

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REVIEWS

"[Dickey's] writing has freshness, economy, an occasional cheeky vulgarity and a fine measure of poetic insight." - The New York Times, Read More

"
Good storytelling makes good theatre, and Jessica Dickey is a damn good storyteller. What really works is her creative approach to the story, and she is two for two with The Amish Project and Charles Ives Take Me Home... I suppose many playwrights could find a story to tell in the life of composer Charles Ives (1874-1954), but Dickey takes Ives and applies his passions to a modern-day father and daughter in poignant fashion." - NY Theatre Reviews, Read More

"
Like an Ives sonata—sometimes jagged, sometimes lyrical—the play...is an accomplished, affecting composition." - The New Yorker, Read More 

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Authors

Jessica Dickey

Jessica Dickey, a native of Pennsylvania, began her research on Amish culture in order to write her play The Amish Project, which was praised by audiences and critics alike during its Off-Broadway run at the prestigious Rattlestick Playwrights Theater in New York City. The Amish Project is a fictional exploration of t ...

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