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The Last Yankee (Full Length)

The Last Yankee (Full Length)
Your Price: $15.95 CDN
Author: Arthur Miller
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 39
Pub. Date: 1993
ISBN-10: 0822213370
ISBN-13: 9780822213376
Cast Size: 3 women, 2 men

About the Play:

The Last Yankee is a full-length drama by Arthur Miller. Two men visit their wives in a psychiatric hospital. Both women struggle with depression and addiction to prescription drugs. A poignant look at two couples where the women share an overwhelming sense of despair, and the men try to bring them back to the lives they've fled. In a world where so many people experience mental health concerns, Arthur Miller's funny, compassionate and profoundly moving play gives hope to us all. Especially recommended for school and contest use.

The Last Yankee looks at two couples brought together at a clinic for the chronically depressed. Two men, one in his late-forties, the other twenty years older, meet in the waiting room of a New England state mental health facility only to discover that they have done business together in the past. Inside the facility, each of their wives recovers from a nervous breakdown. Leroy Hamilton, a descendant of America's founding father Alexander Hamilton and "The Last Yankee," has spent his life as a highly skilled carpenter. His wife, Patricia, the daughter of Swedish immigrants and herself the mother of seven children, cannot reconcile what she considers to be Hamilton's deliberate under-achievement with her own family's grasping attempts at assimilation and affluence. Purposefully foregoing her anti-depression medication for a number of weeks, Patricia has begun to display a new clarity of thought that promises to shatter irrevocably the status quo of her life with Hamilton. The older, more affluent couple, share an equally tense marriage despite their prosperity. Karen Frick, though, has gone farther down the path of no-recovery than even the more frequently hospitalized Patricia. As roommates, Karen and Patricia have been sharing stories about their husbands – and the final meeting between them all, demonstrates the price and rewards of even strained marriages. A poignant look at two couples where the women share an overwhelming sense of despair, and the men try to bring them back to the lives they've fled.

The Last Yankee premiered in 1993 at the Manhattan Theatre Club (MTC) in New York City. While the play is rarely performed professionally, it remains a popular choice for community theatre productions and is an ideal choice for high school drama contests and festivals.

Cast: 3 women, 2 men

What people say:

"…a quiet, imploding depth charge of emotion…Tautly pertinent…unlike anything else Miller has so far shown us. This is what theatre is all about." — New York Post

"The Last Yankee reasserts Miller's unquestionable dominance of American drama...it has the same brooding, powerful quality as all his work: it is a hard, dark elegy of American life, a pensive diagnosis, a requiem with a fugitive bass-note of hope." — The Sunday Times (UK)

"[Arthur Miller] takes as his subject things the theater has a hard time showing: the outdoors on a glorious New England morning, and the inside of a woman's complicated mind." — Time Magazine

About the Playwright:

Arthur Miller (1915-2005) was born in New York City and studied at the University of Michigan. With a career that spanned over 50 years, he wrote more than thirty plays that transformed American Theatre and proved to be both the conscience and redemption of the times. He received many awards in his lifetime, including two Emmy awards and three Tony Awards for his plays, a Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement, and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1949, for Death of a Salesman.

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