Runaways

by  Elizabeth Swados

Full Length Musical, Drama  /  11m, 9f

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    11m, 9f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Docudrama/Historic
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Obie, From Off-Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

Runaways is a collection of songs, dances, and spoken word pieces performed by children who have run away from their homes. Initially created from interviews with homeless children and those in orphanages, Liz Swados weaves songs about personal struggle and the world at large through the eyes of youth in New York City in the ’70s. The show blends different musical styles, from pop to hip-hop and jazz to reggae, while asking why children can’t remain children.
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Reviews

REVIEWS

"This blast of undiluted teen spirit [...] is guaranteed to leave you feeling windblown, hyped up and ready to race through the most torpid summer night [...] Elizabeth Swados makes us eavesdrop on the sufferings of children. That sounds ominous but it isn't [...] The calligraphy of childhood is one of the wonders of nature even when the message it writes is heartbreaking." - The New York Times, Read More

"It’s enthralling - a fast and furious, poignant and disturbing eighty minutes." - AM New York, Read More

"An immensely affecting show." - Newsweek

Videos

  • Cast of the Encores! production of Runaways
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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Professional Theatre
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

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Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

  • Musical Style: Pop/Rock
  • Vocal Demands: Moderate
  • Orchestra Size: Small/Combo
  • Chorus Size: Medium

Song Samples

Where Do People Go?
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Every Now And Then
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Minnesota Strip / Song of a Child
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Find Me A Hero
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The Undiscovered Son
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No Lullabies for Luis
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We Are Not Strangers
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The Basketball Song
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Let Me Be A Kid
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Revenge Song - Enterprise
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Lullaby from Baby to Baby
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Where are Those People Who Did Hair
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Casting

11m, 9f
HUBBELL
INTERPRETER
A.J.
JACKIE
LIDIA
MELINDA
NIKKI KAY KANE
MANNY
EDDIE
SUNDAR
ROBY
LAZAR
ERIC
IGGY
DEIDRE
EZ
LUIS
MEX-MONGO
JANE
MOCHA
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Multicultural casting

Casting Notes

Cast includes children of various ages

Resources

Rehearsal Resources

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Piano/Conductor Score (and Toy Piano)
Reed 1 (Alto Saxophone and Soprano Saxophone or Bb Clarinet)
Reed 2 (Flute, Tenor Saxophone)
Trumpet/FlugelHorn 1
Trumpet/FlugelHorn 2
Percussion (Congas, Tambourine, Cow Bells, etc.)
Dru

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Authors

Elizabeth Swados

Elizabeth Swados has composed, written, and directed over 30 theater pieces including The Trilogy, The Red Sneaks, Nightclub Cantata, Runaways, Alice in Concert, Doonesbury, Rap Master Ronnie,The Haggadah, Jewish Girlz, Jonah, Job, Esther, Jerusalem (with Yehudah Amichai), The 49 Years, and Missionaries. Her work has b ...

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Runaways premiered at The Public Theater in New York City in February 1978 under the direction of Elizabeth Swados.

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