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Full Length, Drama
4 men, 1 woman
Total Cast: 5, Flexible Set
ISBN-13: 978-0-8222-2500-3

MIN. PERFORMANCE FEE: $105 per performance.
THE STORY: In SHOTGUN, set four months after the collapse of defective levees in New Orleans, a white man and his teenaged son, having lost their house to the flood, rent half of a shotgun duplex from an African-American woman, whose father has lost his home in the Lower Ninth Ward and moved in with her. Even living under one roof, though, the two families find a wall still runs between them. But like the city’s levees, can it, too, be breached?
“It’s the narrow focus of this new play that shakes you…Human drama doesn’t have to look huge to be heartbreaking.” —Orlando Sentinel.

“A moving exploration of a ravaged New Orleans.” —Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

“In SHOTGUN…John Biguenet exposes with power and grace the wounds that remain and examines how they might best be healed.” —The New Orleans Times-Picayune.

“SHOTGUN…deals with race but is ultimately about people. And it’s fascinating.” —Gambit Weekly.

“…a serious play about serious subjects, and yet it is filled with the rich dark humor that got New Orleanians through those days after the storm.” —The Advocate NOLA.

“Biguenet’s ear for dramatic, natural dialogue is so adroit, you cannot turn your eyes and mind from his play.” —WYES-TV.