Madame Bovary

by  Adrienne Kennedy

Full Length Play, Drama  /  8m, 4f

Madame Bovary is the tragic, yet scintillating story of a woman who longed for a life she could never fully achieve...

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    8m, 4f
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Adaptations (Literature)
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

Madame Bovary is the tragic, yet scintillating story of a woman who longed for a life she could never fully achieve. Emma Bovary is a woman who desires the illustrious and romantic world she has only read about in books or observed from afar. As this desire grows, Emma must seek to fulfill it, whatever the cost, in an ultimate quest to become the Madame Bovary of her wildest and most passionate dreams. Telling Emma's story through the eyes of her own daughter, Adrienne Kennedy brings a fresh and exciting approach to this classic novel.
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Reviews

Adrienne Kennedy has influenced "generations of playwrights with her hauntingly fragmented lyrical dramas...frequently produced, read, and taught, they continue to hold a prominent place among the most exciting plays of the past 50 years." - broadwayworld.com

"To many, Ms. Kennedy has blended the surreal and the social to invent a new dramatic form." - The New York Times

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Keywords

Betrayal, Love

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol
  • Caution Intense Adult Intense Adult Themes

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Production

Details

  • Time Period: 19th Century
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Casting

8m, 4f
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Cast Attributes

  • Flexible casting
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

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Authors

Adrienne Kennedy

Adrienne Kennedy continues to influence the world through her art. She was the recipient of the 2003 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards, an Obie Award for Lifetime Achievement Award, the Lila Wallace—Reader's Digest Writers' Award and the American Academy of Arts and Letters in Literature Aw ...

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Madame Bovary was presented as a reading by The Signature Theatre in New York City, in February of 2006.

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