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Luther

Ethan Lipton

Full Length Play, Dark Comedy  /  1f, 4m, 1m or f

CRITIC'S PICK! "The play oozes with a moral ambiguity that will stick to your bones and your conscience long after you’ve left the theater." - The New York Times 
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  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    1f, 4m, 1m or f
  • Duration
    Duration
    90 minutes
  • SubGenre
    Subgenre
    Not Applicable
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    • Adult
Description
The world is a hard place for a returning war-vet. Lucky for Luther, he's been adopted by a couple of caring urbanites like Walter and Marjorie. A darkly comic examination of America's uneasy relationship with our veterans which begs the question who is more detached from reality: the soldier or those he is protecting?
History

Luther premiered as a part of the Clubbed Thumb Summerworks Festival at the HERE Arts Center in New York City in June 2012 under the direction of Ken Rus Schmoll.

Considerations

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

Licence details

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

Specifics

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: A world much like ours. Soon.
  • Additional Features: No intermission, Puppetry
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Casting

1f, 4m, 1m or f
Cast Attributes
  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
MARJORIE FORMAN - a freelancer, early 40s
LUTHER SHAW FORMAN - a veteran of war. mid 20s
WALTER FORMAN - a businessman. mid 40s
TOM - a caterer, early 30s
MORRIS McHENRY - a stranger. early 40s
CAPTAIN JAMES - a policeman, mid 40s
PHIL AND JULIE - business people, played by puppets
OFFICER - played by a puppet
FRANK LIEBOWITZ - a legal advocate, played by a puppet
Casting Notes

Tom and Captain James should be played by the same actor. All four puppet characters should be played by one actor (female or male) and those characters should be portrayed with as much gravity and humanity as possible.

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Authors

Ethan Lipton

Ethan Lipton’s produced plays and musicals include The Outer Space (Lortel nom.), Tumacho, Red-Handed Otter, Luther, No Place to Go (Obie Award), Goodbye April Hello May, 100 Aspects of the Moon and Meat. His work has been seen in New York at the Public Theater (Joe’s Pub), The Playwrights Realm and Clubbed Thumb, and ...

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