the5thlineproject

Day 14

In 5th line on January 14, 2009 at 6:24 am

“You said “the legal and moral consequences of my act.”~~Total Abandon by Larry Atlas

Total Abandon ranks as one of my all-time favorite dramas. I first found this gem in 1992 when I was looking for material for my speech team. I ordered the playbook from Samuel French, and even though the story is heartbreaking, I couldn’t get the characters out of my mind. Through the years, I’ve probably read and re-read the playscript close to twenty times. And each time, I’m still aching for young Tommy to pull through. Lenny is a likeable villain; you can understand his pain and the feeling of abandonment he’s dealt with his entire life.

As a drama coach, I visualize how I would stage this production. And if I ever have four strong boys, I will select this play and stage it.

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