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Man From Nebraska

Man From Nebraska
Your Price: $17.95 CDN
Author: Tracy Letts
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 66
Pub. Date: 2005
ISBN-10: 0822220172
ISBN-13: 9780822220176
Cast Size: 5 women, 4 men

About the Play:

Finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize in Drama

Man From Nebraska is a full-length drama by Tracy Letts. A crisis of faith propels an ordinary middle-aged man from Nebraska into an extraordinary journey of self-discovery. From the playwright of August: Osage County, comes a fascinating exploration into what happens when we lose our belief system and the characters that come into our lives on the path to a meaningful existence.

Man From Nebraska is about a devout middle aged man named Ken Carpenter who suddenly finds he has lost his faith, along with his sense of purpose, prompting him to go on a wild adventure. A luxury sedan, a church pew, a cafeteria table, a favourite TV show, and visits to a nursing home form the comfortable cycles of the dull daily life of middle-aged insurance salesman Ken Carpenter. Then one night, he awakens to find that he no longer believes in God. To the surprise of his very understanding (to a point) wife and his two grown daughters who think he has lost his mind, Ken decides to find himself and his faith by flying to London, where he was stationed while in the Air Force. Along the way he encounters a world vastly different from his own, filled with chance meetings and romantic encounters that shake him to the core. He navigates through the new and somewhat dangerous realm of British counter-culture and ultimately finds his way back home. Tracy Letts's moving, funny, and spiritually complex play dares to ask the big questions, and by doing so, reveals the hidden yearning and emotion that spur the eccentric behaviour of seemingly ordinary people.

Man From Nebraska premiered in 2003 at Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago, Illinois. It was named one of Time magazine's ten best theater events of 2003 and was a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize in Drama, heralding Tracy Letts' fine future as a playwright. Since then the play has been successfully staged in professional, high school, college, and community theatre productions.

Cast: 5 women, 4 men

What people say:

"…[a] tremendously mature and multifaceted portrait of the American…at the dawn of the 21st century…goes to the very core of this country's identity." — Chicago Sun-Times

"Man From Nebraska is an uncommonly gentle and compassionate work." — The New York Times

About the Playwright:

Tracy Letts is an American actor and writer for the stage, television and movies who has received major awards for both vocations, including the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his play August: Osage County. He is a member of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago, where August: Osage County premiered.

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