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Seth Bockley and Anne Hamburger
Full Length, Drama
9 men, 11 women (doubling, flexible casting)
Total Cast: 20, Flexible Set
ISBN-13: 978-0-8222-3682-5


MIN. PERFORMANCE FEE: $105 per performance. SPECIAL NOTE ON MULTIMEDIA: Videos of the recorded interviews used in the play are available for purchase with your license for $20.00 and will be distributed digitally. For more information on the videos, click here.There is no additional fee for the use of these videos. SPECIAL NOTE ON MUSIC: Original songs “House of Stone” composed by Kyle Miller and “Mountain Breeze” composed by Kyle Henderson are available for purchase with your license for $20.00 and will be distributed digitally. For more information on the music, click here. The nonprofessional fee for the use of the songs is $5.00 each per performance.
THE STORY: WILDERNESS is a pulsating documentary theatre piece that speaks to our collective search for connection and hope, as families survive the extraordinary pressures and complexities that accompany coming of age in 21st-century America. It is anchored by six real families’ stories—narratives that explore issues of mental health, addiction, and gender and sexual identity. In WILDERNESS, adolescents stand at the brink of emotional chaos, lost in social stigma, insecurity, aggression, and anger. Parents risk losing their children forever. Thoughts race. Emotions fire. Isolation intensifies. One question emerges: How do we persevere when we feel most alone in the world?
“A fierce, sad gale blows through WILDERNESS, a terrific, moving…theater piece about troubled youth…the [play’s] emotional fluency is bell-clear, as is its honesty about the complex and sometimes mysterious roots of the characters’ problems. Dig beneath the usual stories of broken marriages and adolescent angst and we discover wells of darkness that seem to have no bottom…WILDERNESS is at its eloquent best when it is simplest, when the characters and their parents discuss their lives, in unadorned language, with an honesty that is deeply affecting.” —The New York Times.

“WILDERNESS is a compassionate glimpse at the outer edge of teenage angst…poignant…compelling…There’s a lot of beauty here.” —Village Voice.

“…[A] beautifully drawn docu-play…What could be maudlin and sentimental is anything but.” —Huffington Post.