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Orange Julius

Orange Julius
Your Price: $17.95 CDN
Author: Basil Kreimendahl
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service
# of Pages: 57
Pub. Date: 2018
ISBN-10: 0822237245
ISBN-13: 9780822237242
Cast Size: 2 women, 2 men, 1 nonbinary or trans man

About the Play:

Orange Julius is a full-length drama by Basil Kreimendahl. After being poisoned by Agent Orange in the jungles of Vietnam, Julius is dying; his body is racked with cancer and his mind gone. Nut, his adult child, tries to reconnect with Julius by caring for his decaying body, sorting through childhood memories, and diving into war movie fantasies, ultimately finding ways to connect with him in ways Nut never expected.

Orange Julius a memory play about a dying Vietnam vet and his trans, adult child. Nut grew up the youngest child of Julius, a Vietnam vet, in 1980s and '90s working-class America. As Julius suffers the toxic effects of Agent Orange, he still sees Nut as his younger daughter, not the twenty-something trans-masculine son Nut has grown up into. Nut worries their time together may run out before they can embrace something essential about their relationship. Paging through forgotten photo albums and acting out old war movies about brothers-in-arms, Nut leaps through time and memory, tracing the complex intimacy between father and child when the child is transgender, fighting for a mutual recognition before it's too late.

Orange Julius premiered in 2015 at Moxie Theatre in San Diego, California. Since then the play had regional premieres at professional theatres across the US, including Off-Broadway in 2017 Rattlestick Playwrights Theater.

Cast: 2 women, 2 men, 1 nonbinary or trans man

What people say:

"…excellent… [Kreimendahl] creates a portrait of real family dynamics far more 'realistic' than those in a dozen well-made plays. …This is the rare play about a child coming to grips with the damage he's done his parent, rather than the other way around." — Time Out NY

"Kreimendahl delivers a sensitive and moving portrait of Julius and his family—one painfully familiar to millions of American military families." —

"Kreimendahl's drama is a sympathetic, eloquent…effort to grapple with family, gender identity, and the legacy of the Vietnam War. …There's a lot to like about Orange Julius: its articulate, forthright personal narrative; its attention to veterans' experience; its foregrounding of a trans character without making Nut's transition the sole focus of the plot. That Kreimendahl resists inserting present-day drama into Nut's story, allowing the play to live entirely in the before, shows admirable restraint." — Village Voice

"...a rich and thoughtful study of family, love, and the bonds brought about by war. Orange Julius is not just a promising play by a young writer. It's an assured, mature, work that challenges and moves well beyond expectations." — The San Diego Story

About the Playwright:

Basil Kreimendahl is an American playwright. His work focuses on language, class, gender and trans/queer identity. His plays have won several awards, including the Rella Lossy Playwright Award and a National Science Award at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival.