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Call Me by My Rightful Name

Call Me by My Rightful Name
Your Price: $18.99 CDN
Last copy!
Author: Michael Shurtleff
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 80
Pub. Date: 1961
ISBN-10: 0822201755
ISBN-13: 9780822201755
Cast Size: 2 women, 4 men

About the Play:

HARD TO FIND BOOK, only a very limited number of copies are still available.

Call Me by My Rightful Name is a full-length dramatic comedy by Michael Shurtleff, the legendary casting director and author of Audition. The story of an interracial love triangle involving a black man who battles with his white college roommate over a white girl who has become his friend.

Call Me by My Rightful Name is an honest, moving and courageous drama inspired by S.F. Pfoutz's novel The Whipping Boy. Set in the early 1960s, the play is about two Columbia students rooming together in New York: Doug, a white, rebellious, graduate student; and Paul, an African-American undergraduate. When the two disagree on their definitions of love, a fight ensues, forcing a girl Chris – the object of disagreement – to act as peacemaker. The shame and misconceptions of both young men are explored with devastating honesty. As the characters grapple to understand each other, their highly individualized sense of humour and gift of laughter are revealed, as well as their sensitivity to the topics of the day.

Call Me by My Rightful Name premiered in 1961 at One Sheridan Square (now the Axis Theatre) off-Broadway in Greenwich Village. The play was well reviewed and became a smash hit running for over 4 months, starring dance icon Alvin Ailey (making his acting debut) and then-unknowns Robert Duvall (making his New York stage debut) and Joan Hackett who won three awards for her role of Chris – a Drama Desk Award, an Obie Award, and a Theatre World Award. The West Coast Premiere was in 1962 at The Coronet Theatre in Los Angeles.

Cast: 2 women, 4 men.

What people say:

"An exciting new play by a new American dramatist … The best Off-Broadway play of the year." — New York Newsday

"...an honest, thoughtful, and probing study of racial tensions potentially present even among men of good will." — New York Post

"Fine comedy … quivering with vitality, full of humor." — New York Herald-Tribune

"A spellbinder. A play written with skill, a play with something to say … Dialogue that is crisp, adult and put together the way people talk." — New York Telegraph

"Mr. Shurtleff has the feel of the theatre in his blood … Bright, truthful." — New York Times

About the Playwright:

Michael Shurtleff (1920-2007) had a long career on Broadway as a renowned casting director, and wrote Audition: Everything an Actor Needs to Know to Get the Part – a cherished bible for aspiring actors. The year the book was published, he moved to Los Angeles, where he taught classes based on the lessons in his book, often travelling internationally to give master classes. He also wrote six evenings of one-act plays and eight full-length plays and is best known for his off-Broadway success Call Me by My Rightful Name.

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