Rest

by  Samuel D. Hunter

Full Length Play, Drama  /  4m, 3f

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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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4m, 3f
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

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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Accolades

  • Samuel D. Hunter is the recipient of a 2014 MacArthur "Genius Grant" Fellowship
    Samuel D. Hunter is the 2012 recipient of the Whiting Award for Drama

Reviews

REVIEWS

“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

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

“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

Videos

  • Excerpts from "Rest" by Samuel D. Hunter
  • Playwright Samuel D. Hunter talks about "Rest"
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Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: £69 per performance plus VAT when applicable.

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: The entrance area and common room of a small, white, dry-walled rest home in northern Idaho in January.
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Casting

4m, 3f
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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Cast Attributes

  • Roles for Teens
  • Multicultural casting
  • Parts for Senior Actors

Resources

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Authors

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, Cl ...

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Rest received its world premiere at South Coast Repertory Theatre in March of 2014, under the direction of Martin Benson. 

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