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Uncommon Women and Others

Uncommon Women and Others
Your Price: $17.95 CDN
Author: Wendy Wasserstein
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service (cover may change)
Format: Softcover
Pub. Date: 1999
ISBN-10: 0822211920
ISBN-13: 9780822211921
Cast Size: 9 female

About the Play:

Uncommon Women and Others has long been a favourite of acting teachers for Female Monologues and Female/Female Scenes.

Uncommon Women and Others is a full-length comedic drama by Wendy Wasserstein. Affecting, funny and perceptive, this striking and exceptional first play of Wendy Wasserstein delves into the lives, loves and aspirations of a group of women who reunite seven years after graduating from a prestigious eastern women's college and relive their senior year.

Uncommon Women and Others centers around the reunion, six years after graduation, of five close friends and classmates at Mount Holyoke College. They compare notes on their activities since leaving school and then, in a series of flashbacks, we see them in their college days and learn of the events, some funny, some touching, some bitingly cynical, that helped to shape them. Each of the group is a distinct individual, and it is their varying reaction to the staid, sheltered and often anachronistic university environment (with its undercurrent of sometimes darker personal desires and conclusions) gives the play its special meaning for today's young women as they go forth into the changing and often disquieting world that awaits them after graduation.

Uncommon Women and Others is the first last play written by noted 20th-century American playwright Wendy Wasserstein. It began as her masters thesis in 1975, when she was a student at Yale University and made its way to an off-Broadway theatre in 1977. It was presented by New York's renowned Phoenix Theatre at the Marymount Manhattan Theatre in New York, and then selected for the PBS "Theatre in America" series on television. The play has become a favourite scene study vehicle in acting classes and workshops and has become a popular choice for college and community theatre productions.

Cast: 9 female

What people say:

"…funny, ironic, and affectionate comedy…Miss Wasserstein is an uncommon young woman if ever there was one ." — The New Yorker

"…the real triumph of Uncommon Women is that you leave the theatre caring deeply about its characters ." — New York Post

"…hilarious, touching, witty, insightful, and a lot of other nice things." — Cue Magazine

About the Playwright:

Wendy Wasserstein (1950-2006) was an American playwright, novelist, and an Andrew Dickson White Professor-at-Large at Cornell University. She received the Tony Award for Best Play and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1989 for her play, The Heidi Chronicles, often touted as a precursor to the HBO television series, Sex and the City. Over the course of her career, spanning four decades, she wrote eleven plays and is one of those rare playwrights whose work is performed regularly in schools and community theater as well as commercial venues. She was admired both for the warmth and the satirical cool of her writing; each of her plays and books captures an essence of the time, makes us laugh, and leaves us wiser.

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