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The Time of the Cuckoo

Full-Length Play, Drama  /  5f, 5m

"A lovely play." - N.Y. Times

"An adult and incisive comedy drama." - N.Y. Journal American

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    5f, 5m
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)
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  • Minimum Fee: £55 per performance plus VAT when applicable.
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Summary
Leona Samish, a single American woman of a "certain age" takes a long-planned European vacation from her job as a secretary and finds herself in a pensione in Venice, Italy. At a street market, she meets the handsome proprietor Renato DiRossi, entering into a casual flirtation which turns into an affair. Her complacency is jolted when she discovers he is married, has several children and is quite happy with the arrangement as is. Long-dormant frustrations and anger come to the surface as Leona faces the harsh reality of this new found infatuation and her own romantic notions of love. Shirley Booth and later Katharine Hepburn ("Summertime") played the leading role.
  • Time Period 1950s
  • Cautions
    • Mild Adult Themes

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"A lovely play." - N.Y. Times

"An adult and incisive comedy drama." - N.Y. Journal American

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Arthur Laurents

Arthur Laurents (1917-2011) was the author of musical plays such as West Side Story, Gypsy, Anyone Can Whistle, Do I Hear A Waltz?, Hallelujah Baby! (1967 Tony Award For Best Musical) and Nick & Nora; and the screenplays The Snake Pit, Rope, Caught, Anastasia, Bonjour Tristes ...

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