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The Harvesting

The Harvesting
Your Price: $17.95 CDN
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Author: John Bishop
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service (cover may change)
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 73
Pub. Date: 1984
Edition: Acting
ISBN-10: 0822204991
ISBN-13: 9780822204992
Cast Size: 4 female, 7 male

About the Play:

The Harvesting has long been a favourite of acting teachers for Female Monologues and Female/Male scene-study showcases.

The Harvesting is a full-length drama by John Bishop. Set in a small Midwestern city, The Harvesting is a spellbinding, gripping detective whodunit that uses the investigation of a shocking double murder as a means to probe into the damaging truths heretofore hidden in the lives of some of the leading citizens.

The Harvesting is set in a once-idyllic, now-corrupted neighbourhood in the Middle American town of Mansfield, Ohio, the time 1976 – during the Independence Day weekend. As the play begins, a police radio reports the murders of the ex-wife of a leading citizen and her lover who have been gunned down with uncommon brutality and expertise. A team headed by chief detective John Torski immediately swings into action. He was in love with the slain divorcee during their high school days but she married another classmate, the violent Bim Miller, who has become a ruthless local businessman. Suspicion, at first, centres on the victim's ex-husband, Miller, a former friend of Torski's – until he too is murdered. Thereafter, the fascinating trail of clues leads, step by step, through a series of revealing interrogations which, in the end, piece together a chilling tale of hidden crime, festering guilt, alienation and eventual retribution – violently exacted by a tortured, long-lost son who has never forgiven – or forgotten – the sins of his unloving parents.

The Harvesting premiered in 1984 at Sheridan Square Playhouse by the famed Circle Repertory Company off-Broadway in New York City.

Cast: 4 female, 7 male

What people say:

"The Harvesting is the stage equivalent of a book you can't put down: I couldn't take my eyes off the stage… a tense, spine-tingling play." — Gannett Newspapers

"…a taut example of theatrical detective fiction, with a requisite number of plot twists, surprises, and climaxes." — The Christian Science Monitor

"…fast-moving and steadily entertaining thriller…." — New York Daily News

"…tense and meaningful… As the drama unfolds it becomes more and more engrossing…." — New York Post

About the Playwright:

John Bishop (1929-2006) was an American playwright and screenwriter. When Marshall W. Mason, founder of the acclaimed Off-Broadway Circle Repertory Company, saw a performance of The Trip Back Down, he invited John Bishop to become a member as both a writer and director. Circle Rep would become his artistic home for nearly 20 years, producing many of his plays. He later founded the Circle West theater company in Los Angeles. He also used his knowledge of and interest in male behaviour and police procedures to do rewrites on the big-budget thrillers Sliver, Primal Fear, Clear and Present Danger, and Beverly Hills Cop III.

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