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Rocket City, Alabam'

Mark Saltzman

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  3f, 6m

Book, Lyrics, and Music by Mark Saltzman

"Through Rocket City we are provoked into assessing our own beliefs and any ambiguities in our moral principles—the play also confronts its audiences with challenges to issues of race relations, gender politics, religious tolerance, mili…

Rocket City, Alabam'

by  Mark Saltzman

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  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    3f, 6m
  • Duration
    Duration
    105 Minutes
  • SubGenre
    Subgenre
    Biography, Period, Docudrama/Historic, Romantic Comedy
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    • Appropriate for all audiences
Description

Rocket City, Alabam', a play with songs, captures a formerly suppressed, true-life episode in the history of the American South, presenting a story of secrets, colorful Southern characters, and several famous songs of the region -- blues, spirituals and gospel. At the dawn of the Cold War, the early 1950's, a young, brash, Army major, Hamilton Pike, quietly brings notorious Nazi rocket scientist and former Hitler employee Wernher Von Braun to Huntsville, Alabama, a cotton town selected to become America's "Rocket City." But Huntsville has a Jewish community over a century old and emotions ignite when Amy Lubin, the Jewish fiancee of local war hero Jed Kessler learns of Von Braun's Nazi past. With sensitivity and humor, Rocket City, Alabam' presents the moral dilemmas of idealism vs. practicality, of revenge vs. forgiveness, all this accompanied by classic Southern songs, including "Down By the Riverside," "Alabama Bound," "This Little Light of Mine" and many more. Rocket City, Alabam' was developed at Alabama Shakespeare Festival in its Southern Writers Project.

History

Alabama Shakespeare Festival, 2008

Considerations

Performing Groups
  • Jr High/Primary
  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Church / Religious Groups
  • Youth/Camp Programs
  • Tours
  • Senior Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Outdoor
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
Cautions
  • No Special Cautions

Licence details

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

Specifics

Details

  • Time Period: 1950s
  • Duration: 105 Minutes
  • Setting:

    Huntsville, Alabama, early 1950's

  • Additional Features: Local Celebrity Cameo, Play w/ Music
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Casting

3f, 6m
Cast Attributes
  • Role(s) for Asian Actor(s)
  • Role(s) for Black Actor(s)
  • Role(s) for Latino Actor(s)
  • Ensemble cast
  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Expandable casting
  • Flexible casting
  • Local Celebrity Cameo
  • Multicultural casting
  • Room for Extras

AMY LUBIN – Young New York woman, early 20s
MAJOR HAMILTON PIKE, JR . – American blue-blood, Princeton- educated Army officer. Mid-20s to early 30s
JED KESSLER – Amy's Alabama-born fiancé, 20s
WERNHER VON BRAUN – The German rocket genius.
ISRAEL WATKINS - African-American WWII vet and local entertainer. 
SUSANNA PRUITT - The leader of Huntsville society and columnist for the local paper. 

Two multi-role actors. 
One multi-role actress.

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"Through Rocket City we are provoked into assessing our own beliefs and any ambiguities in our moral principles—the play also confronts its audiences with challenges to issues of race relations, gender politics, religious tolerance, military authority and the divide between North and South that remain with us today." - Michael P. Howley, Montgomery Advertiser

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Authors

Mark Saltzman

Mark Saltzman began his career in New York with Jim Henson writing for the Muppets. His “Sesame Street” sketches and songs (including “Caribbean Amphibian”) earned him seven Emmy Awards, but behind Kermit's back, Mark was writing cabaret shows and musicals that played at Soho Rep, 13th Street Theater, and th ...

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