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Sailor's Song

Sailor's Song
Your Price: $17.95 CDN
Author: John Patrick Shanley
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 43
Pub. Date: 2005
ISBN-10: 0822220709
ISBN-13: 9780822220701
Cast Size: 2 female, 3 male

About the Play:

Sailor's Song is a full-length romantic comedy by John Patrick Shanley. In the tradition of Gene Kelly and Eugene O'Neill, who should have worked together but never did, Sailor's Song is a stylistically daring love story gives that gives the audience a cynical man and a true believer who battle over beautiful women and the power of love.

Sailor's Song is a romantic seaside story heightened by dance. Rich is a commercial sailor who comes home after being at sea to help his Uncle John care for his dying aunt. Rich is longing to fall in love and ventures into a seaside bar looking for something fun and distracting. While there, he meets a high-contrast pair of enchanting sisters and eventually becomes infatuated with them both. Lucy, the more pragmatic of the two, works in a bank. Joan is the more ethereal, a medium who channels the dead. Poignant and reflective, Sailor's Song is a dark comedy about the certainty of death, the brevity of youth, and the importance of now, that delves into the idea of destiny and the power of love.

Sailor's Song premiered in 2004 off Broadway by LAByrinth Theater Company at Public Theatre's Shiva Theatre in New York City and was nominated for an a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play. Since then the play has been performed at professional theatres across North America and in college theatre productions as a showcase of student talent.

.Cast: 2 female, 3 male (doubling).

What people say:

"…represents life's more alluringly exotic possibilities." — New York Times

"Shanley pursues some tough and intelligent themes." — New York Newsday

"Simple but elegant… John Patrick Shanley's dynamic new play, Sailor's Song, speaks directly to the audience about life's oceanic motion and hidden music." — Associated Press

"If you fell in love with Moonstruck, John Patrick Shanley's 1987 movie about falling in love, your heart will be tuned to Rich, his commercial sailor protagonist of Sailor's Song." — Edmonton Journal

About the Playwright:

John Patrick Shanley is an American playwright, screenwriter, and director. Shanley has written some two dozen off-Broadway plays since the 1970s, but he is best known for Doubt, which won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award. He has also written extensively for TV and film, and his credits include the teleplay for Live from Baghdad and screenplays for Five Corners and Moonstruck, for which he won an Academy Award for original screenplay.

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