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The Awake - ePublication

Ken Urban
Full Length, Drama
3 men, 3 women, 1 child (doubling)
Total Cast: 7, Flexible Set
ISBN: 978-0-8222-3089-2


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FEE: $100 per performance. SPECIAL NOTE ON SONG: The song "All My Days" is required for production; an additional fee of $6.00 per nonprofessional performance will be added.

THE STORY: Three strangers—a devoted son, an Eastern European actress and a Canadian man on the run—awaken to discover they are connected by a mysterious corporation. Faced with lives they no longer recognize, they take shelter in dreams. But a series of chance encounters forces these strangers to face the truth.
"Ken Urban's words are poetry. Voices and story lines converge and diverge like an elaborately mixed recording. The dialogue is full of stylized harmonies and dissonances; plots and characters operate in counterpoint. It is a structure that brings to mind Walter Pater's famous dictum that all art aspires toward the condition of music, a fusion of form and subject matter." —NYTimes. "[An] engaging tapestry of stories…[T]he descriptive, hallucinatory monologues require the audience to color in the details of scenes occurring in a character's mind. Both script and production are quickly paced, uncoiling artfully as delusions and daydreams evaporate to make way for the truth. The fantasies resolve into emotional realities that, as in all our lives, must ultimately be borne rather than escaped." —Village Voice. "THE AWAKE is a gripping thriller that leaves its audience with the unsettling question; what if we can't tell the difference between reality and a dream?" —Show Business Weekly.