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The Open Hand

Robert Caisley

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  2f, 3m

"Caisley excels at placing evocatively drawn characters in situations of social and personal conflict, all the while mixing comedy with angst, then mining the dramatic results." - Arts Knoxville

The Open Hand

by  Robert Caisley

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  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    2f, 3m
  • SubGenre
    Subgenre
    Not Applicable
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    • Adult
Description
Allison does not accept gifts. Not even on her birthday. Not even from her fiancé. So when she finds herself without her wallet and unable to pay the tab for an expensive lunch with a friend, it is with great reluctance that she accepts the generosity of a total stranger. Determined to repay his kindness, Allison comes face-to-face with the dark secrets that drive her inability to accept even the simplest act of benevolence.
History

The Open Hand premiered at the Clarence Brown Theatre in Knoxville, TN in March 2016 under the direction of Calvin MacLean.

Considerations

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

Licence details

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

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Details

  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Setting: The city.
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Casting

2f, 3m
Cast Attributes
  • Not Applicable
ALLISON - late twenties, early thirties
JACK - her fiancé, late twenties, early thirties
FREYA - her friend, late twenties, early thirties
TODD - Freya’s husband, late twenties, early thirties
DAVID NATHAN BRIGHT - an elegant man in his fifties.

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"Caisley excels at placing evocatively drawn characters in situations of social and personal conflict, all the while mixing comedy with angst, then mining the dramatic results." - Arts Knoxville, Read More 

"You'll laugh a lot and leave thinking about benevolence and kindness, loneliness and redemption." - Knoxville News Sentinel, Read More

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Authors

Robert Caisley

Robert Caisley is Associate Professor of Theatre & Film, and Head of the Dramatic Writing Program at the University of Idaho. He was named the 2011 Blaine Quarnstrom Visiting Playwright at the University of Southern Mississippi. His play Happy, presented at the 2011 National New Play Network (NNPN) Annual Showcase of ...

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