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Indian Summer

Indian Summer
Your Price: $17.95 CDN
Author: Gregory S. Moss
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service (cover may change)
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 97
Pub. Date: 2017
Edition: Acting
ISBN-10: 0822235684
ISBN-13: 9780822235682
Cast Size: 1 female, 3 male

About the Play:

Indian Summer has become a favourite of acting teachers for Female/Male Scenes.

Indian Summer is a full-length comedic drama by Gregory S. Moss. Sent to stay with his step-grandfather in a Rhode Island beach town for a summer, Daniel collides with Izzy, a feisty local. In a spirited duelling of minds that plays off the typical "rom-com" tropes, Indian Summer explores what connection is, romantic and otherwise.

Indian Summer is a sweet teenage romance, which centers around two young men and one young woman dealing with sexual desire and class loyalty. Abandoned by his wayward mom, Daniel, an intellectually precocious but socially awkward 16-year-old, is consigned to spend the summer with his widowed grandfather George in a Rhode Island beach town, where the locals don't look kindly on city kids. But his hapless vacation turns around when he meets a local 17-year-old girl, Izzy: tough-acting, back-sassing, beguiling, and taken. This feisty romantic comedy follows a passing fling that could last a lifetime – as impossible and charmed as an Indian Summer.

Looking for a female/male duet scene for class? For students unaccustomed to reading plays, the playwright's style incorporates irregular punctuation and spelling to indicate intentional inflection and rhythm and the use of full capitals to emphasize words. The double slash lines indicate characters interrupting each other, reminding us of real people in everyday conversation. These textual notes are an excellent lesson for actors as they think of text as an improvisation with words – a beautiful way for actors to approach acting.

Indian Summer premiered in 2016 at Playwrights Horizons' Mainstage Theater off-Broadway in New York City and won the 2016 Edgerton Foundation New Play Award. Since then the play has been produced at professional theatres and performed in college theatres as a showcase of student talent.

Cast: 1 female, 3 male

What people say:

"…warm and gently breezy…[with] touchingly tentative coming-of-age dialogue…Although Moss dips his toe into the dark and vast waters of the ocean, he doesn't let it linger there for long. He's more interested in what the tide brings in, however briefly, before washing it away along with who knows what else." — Time Out NY

"…delectable…Playwright Moss…mixes his plot strands and sifts his sands in a thoroughly winning manner. Indian Summer is at once charming and evocative, tender and funny; it even wets its toes in the mystical." — The Huffington Post

"…lovely writing…a sweet bit of romantic nostalgia." —

"…a complex…meditation on lost opportunities brought about by fear-based decisions…Moss has some important insights about the nature of relationships, the injustice of circumstance, and the cruelty of time…." —

About the Playwright:

Gregory S. Moss is an American playwright, educator, and performer. He is an Associate Professor of Theatre and Dance at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, and Head of the MFA Dramatic Writing Program. His work has been presented by Soho Rep, Steppenwolf, the A.R.T., La Comédie-Française, EST-LA, Clubbed Thumb, Capital T Theatre and South Coast Rep, among others.