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Runaways

Elizabeth Swados

Full Length Musical, Drama  /  9f, 11m

Book, Lyrics, and Music by Elizabeth Swados

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OVERVIEW

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    9f, 11m
  • Duration
    Duration
    90 minutes
  • SubGenre
    Subgenre
    Docudrama/Historic
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    • Adult
Description
Runaways is a collection of songs, dances, and spoken word pieces performed by children who have run away from their homes. Initially created from interviews with homeless children and those in orphanages, Liz Swados weaves songs about personal struggle and the world at large through the eyes of youth in New York City in the ’70s. The show blends different musical styles, from pop to hip-hop and jazz to reggae, while asking why children can’t remain children.
History

Runaways premiered at The Public Theater in New York City in February 1978 under the direction of Elizabeth Swados.

Considerations

Performing Groups
  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Professional Theatre
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
Cautions
  • Strong Language
  • Mild Adult Themes

Licence details

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Specifics

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Casting

9f, 11m
Cast Attributes
  • Ensemble cast
  • Multicultural casting
HUBBELL
INTERPRETER
A.J.
JACKIE
LIDIA
MELINDA
NIKKI KAY KANE
MANNY
EDDIE
SUNDAR
ROBY
LAZAR
ERIC
IGGY
DEIDRE
EZ
LUIS
MEX-MONGO
JANE
MOCHA
Casting Notes

Cast includes children of various ages

Music

  • Musical Style: Pop/Rock
  • Vocal Demands: Moderate
  • Orchestra Size: Small/Combo
  • Chorus Size: Medium

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Full Package:

Piano/Conductor Score (and Toy Piano)
Reed 1 (Alto Saxophone and Soprano Saxophone or Bb Clarinet)
Reed 2 (Flute, Tenor Saxophone)
Trumpet/FlugelHorn 1
Trumpet/FlugelHorn 2
Percussion (Congas, Tambourine, Cow Bells, etc.)
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REVIEWS

"This blast of undiluted teen spirit [...] is guaranteed to leave you feeling windblown, hyped up and ready to race through the most torpid summer night [...] Elizabeth Swados makes us eavesdrop on the sufferings of children. That sounds ominous but it isn't [...] The calligraphy of childhood is one of the wonders of nature even when the message it writes is heartbreaking." - The New York Times, Read More

"It’s enthralling - a fast and furious, poignant and disturbing eighty minutes." - AM New York, Read More

"An immensely affecting show." - Newsweek

Song Samples

Where Do People Go?
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Every Now And Then
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Minnesota Strip / Song of a Child
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Find Me A Hero
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The Undiscovered Son
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No Lullabies for Luis
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We Are Not Strangers
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The Basketball Song
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Let Me Be A Kid
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Revenge Song - Enterprise
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Lullaby from Baby to Baby
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Where are Those People Who Did Hair
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Videos

  • Cast of the Encores! production of Runaways

  • More from the cast of the Encores! production of Runaways

  • Runaways

  • Behind the scenes of Encores! Runaways

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Authors

Elizabeth Swados

Elizabeth Swados has composed, written, and directed over 30 theater pieces including The Trilogy, The Red Sneaks, Nightclub Cantata, Runaways, Alice in Concert, Doonesbury, Rap Master Ronnie,The Haggadah, Jewish Girlz, Jonah, Job, Esther, Jerusalem (with Yehudah Amichai), The 49 Years, and Missionaries. Her work has b ...

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