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Winterset

Winterset
Your Price: $17.95 CDN
Author: Maxwell Anderson
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 90
Pub. Date: 1990
ISBN-10: 0822212668
ISBN-13: 9780822212669
Cast Size: 3 female, 19 male

About the Play:

Winner of the first New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Play

Winterset is a full-length drama by Maxwell Anderson. Inspired by the scandalous murder case of the 1920s when a pair of working-class Italian immigrants and leftist ideologues, Nicola Sacco-Bartolomeo Vanzetti, were arrested, convicted and electrocuted despite the insubstantial evidence against them. This acclaimed verse drama follows a young man's quest to prove his father's innocence years after he was executed for a murder he may not have committed. Especially recommended for school and contest use.

Winterset is a love story about star-crossed lovers, a family story about a father protecting his son, and a crime story with gangsters and murderers. Mio Romagna, believing that his father was innocent of the crime for which he was executed, pursues his long search for proof to clear the name of his father. Following new evidence, his path crosses that of Miriamne, a woman who lives with her family in a tenement under a towering bridge. The young people are drawn together through the tragedy of Mio's father, and the boy's bitterness prevents each from giving themself wholly to the other. Mio must first recover his self respect and the right to love. His problem is complicated when it is learnt that Miriamne's brother, Garth, might have testified at the trial and cleared the accused man, but feared to do so because his own life would have been endangered. In the midst of Mio's efforts, there appears the figure of the unbalanced Judge Gaunt, who sentenced the victim, in search of new evidence to convince him that his decision was just. Miriamne, loyal to her family and in spite of her love for Mio, helps Garth conceal a murder the discovery of which would have saved Mio's faith, even life itself. From this tense situation, the young lovers step out into the night, to live what little is left of their short lives together.

Winterset premiered in 1935 at the Martin Beck Theatre, where it ran for 179 performances in its original run. Following a national tour, the production returned to Broadway for a 16 performance encorre engagement. It won the first New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Play. While this often-studied American theatre classic is rarely performed professionally, it is considered one of the most important verse dramas, or plays written largely in poetry, in the twentieth century. Particularly suitable for schools and play contests.

Cast: 3 female, 19 male

About the Playwright:

Maxwell Anderson (1888-1956) was an award-winning American playwright and screenwriter. Best known for his Hollywood screen adaptations of his own plays including Key Largo, and Mary of Scotland, he was the most successful playwright of his time and most of his plays, including Mary of Scotland, enjoyed long runs on Broadway. Both Your Houses won the Pulitzer Prize and Winterset and Mary of Scotland won coveted Drama League Awards.

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