The Oregon Trail

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The Oregon Trail

Full-Length Play, Comedy  /  3w, 2m

Jane’s trapped in her middle school computer lab playing “The Oregon Trail” for what feels like hours. The game becomes life and rips us back to the trail, 1848, where we travel in a covered wagon with Jane’s great-great-grandmother.

Image: 2017 Fault Line Theatre Production (Jeremy Daniel)

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    3w, 2m
  • Duration
    Duration
    105 Minutes
  • Suggested Use
    • Monologues
    • Competition or audition material
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)

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Summary
Jane’s trapped in her middle school computer lab playing “The Oregon Trail” for what feels like hours. The game becomes life and rips us back to the trail, 1848, where we travel in a covered wagon with Jane’s great-great-grandmother. As Game moves us, back, forward, and back again, Now-Jane and Then-Jane’s sadnesses are delicately juxtaposed in this play-meets-video-game about depression, Then and Now.
  • Time Period Contemporary, Present Day, 19th Century
  • Features Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Period Costumes
  • Duration 105 Minutes

Media

“Wonderfully real and raw, horrible and funny!” – The New York Times

“Bekah Brunstetter has established herself as a sympathetic, keen-eyed chronicler of a flailing American middle class.” – The New Yorker

“There is a sincerity and warmth to these young women, who display strength in their survival of the game of life.” – The Village Voice

“A feisty, formally inventive comedy! Wonderfully real and raw, horrible and funny!” – The New York Times

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  • The Oregon Trail

    Image: 2017 Fault Line Theatre Production (Jeremy Daniel)

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Bekah Brunstetter

Bekah Brunstetter hails from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and currently lives in Los Angeles.

As a TV writer and producer, she has written for Switched at Birth, American Gods, This is Us and Maid. She has developed content for Apple TV, Hulu and FX.

As a playwright, her work ...

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