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Rest - Full Length Play, Drama
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Rest

Samuel D. Hunter

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Full Length Play, Drama

4m, 3f

ISBN: 9780573704246

A retirement home in northern Idaho is being shut down, and only three residents and a bare-bones staff remain. When a record breaking blizzard blows into town and an elderly resident disappears into the storm, everyone is brought to face their own mortality.

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Description

Full Length Play

Drama

120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century

Settings Of Play - The entrance area and common room of a small, white, dry-walled rest home in northern Idaho in January.

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Interior Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

CAUTIONS

Mild Adult Themes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult, Senior, Teen (Age 14 - 18)

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

A retirement home in northern Idaho is being shut down, and only three residents and a bare-bones staff remain. When a record breaking blizzard blows into town and an elderly resident disappears into the storm, everyone is brought to face their own mortality.
“Highly recommended… [A] delicate balance of tragedy, comedy, hysteria and desperation.” - Chicago Sun-Times, Read More

“[A] warmhearted drama… unsentimental compassion for ordinary folk and their various approaches to mortality and other scary inevitabilities. The results are both tender and unsparing.” - Chicago Reader, Read More

“A deeply compassionate writer… Hunter’s play does traffic in life’s realities, of which Alzheimer’s is among the most painful. The main questions of this play — can we ever find peace in our old age, and is  such a quest even desirable? — are crucially important, and 'Rest' also hints at the complexities that flow from the way we outsource elder care to for-profit businesses, who find themselves caught between profit and compassion.” - Chicago Tribune, Read More

“An uncommonly rich and nuanced play… by a dramatist with a faultless ear for dialogue and a wonderful sense of compassion for his characters.” - Chicagoland Theater Reviews

“[A] bracing look at love and loss.” - Stage and Cinema Theatre, Read More

“[A] rich, unblinking view of a small, contained world that is populated by harsh yet quiet endings of lives, stability, and all that is known and familiar… Hunter paints the sorrow surrounding his characters with aching effectiveness, making it the heartbeat of the production.” - Theater Mania

“Extraordinary…an experience to behold.” - LA Splash, Read More

“Finely Acted…mixes quirkiness with poignancy in a drama that elicits steady laughter.” - Los Angeles Times, Read More

“Hunter is such a skilled (and often humorous) writer that when he puts credible misfits in weird situations, we’re willing to follow him anywhere.” - Times of San Diego, Read More

"Theatrical gold… a theatrical voice of paramount importance.” - Huntington Beach Independent, Read More

 “Touching, richly-staged and Beautifully-acted…oh-so-engrossing and oh-so-funny.” - Broadway World
Rest received its world premiere at South Coast Repertory Theatre in March of 2014, under the direction of Martin Benson. 
Characters

CASTING

4m, 3f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Ensemble cast, Features Teens, Multicultural casting, Parts for Senior Actors

The residents:
ETTA - Early to mid-eighties, female.
TOM - Eighties, male.
GERALD - 91, male.

The staff:
FAYE - Thirties, female.
GINNY - Thirties, female.
JEREMY - Forties, male.
KEN - 20, male.
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  • Excerpts from "Rest" by Samuel D. Hunter

  • Playwright Samuel D. Hunter talks about "Rest"

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Samuel D. Hunter

Samuel D. Hunter

Samuel D. Hunter’s plays include The Whale (Drama Desk Award, Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play, GLAAD Media Award, Drama League and Outer Critics Circle nominations for Best Play), A Bright New Boise (Obie Award, Drama Desk nomination for Best Play), The Few, A Great Wilderness, Rest, Pocatello, Lewiston, Clarkston, and most recently, The Healing and The Harvest. He is the recipient of ... view full profile

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