The Healing

by  Samuel D. Hunter

Full Length Play, Drama  /  2m, 5f

CRITICS' PICK “A moving, beautifully acted new drama [...] Mr. Hunter writes with lively humor and grace.” - The New York Times

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 5f
  • Duration


    90 minutes
  • SubGenre


    Not Applicable
  • Accolades


    From Off-Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

Twenty-five years ago, a motley group of friends met as kids at a summer camp where the head counselor secretly taught them that their disabilities could be "cured" through the power of prayer.  Today, the group has gathered to mourn the untimely passing of one of its members. Over the course of the night, old wounds are uncovered, friendships are tested, and the truth surrounding their late friend becomes troublingly clear.

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CRITICS' PICK “A moving, beautifully acted new drama [...] Mr. Hunter writes with lively humor and grace.” - The New York Times, Read More 

CRITICS' PICK “[A] thoughtful and affecting new drama [...] It’s a sensitive portrait of people moving, with difficulty but also with some help, toward acceptance.” - Time Out NY, Read More 

"A smart and sensitive piece about the harm done to vulnerable people in the name of religion.” - Variety, Read More 

“Authors are always looking to bring something new to this dramatic territory. In his arresting new drama The Healing, playwright Samuel D. Hunter does just that, and it elevates the genre to new levels of emotional heights.” - TheatreMania, Read More 


  • Playwright Samuel D. Hunter on the genesis of The Healing
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Performing Groups

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


  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

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  • Minimum Fee: £55 per performance plus VAT when applicable.



  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: The main room of a small, unimpressive house in a small town in southeastern Idaho, near Idaho Falls.
  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


2m, 5f
SHARON - Thirties, female.  Played by an actress who uses a wheelchair.
DONALD - Thirties, male.  Played by an actor with a disability.
BONNIE - Thirties, female.  Played by an actress with a disability.
GREG - Thirties, male.  Played by a deaf actor.
LAURA - Thirties, female.  Played by an actress with a disability.
ZOE - Thirties, female.  Played by an actress with a disability.
JOAN - Sixties, female.  Played by an actress without a disability.
A VOICE - Male or female, the voice of a shopping channel on the television.
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Cast Attributes

  • Non-Traditional casting


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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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The Healing premiered in a production by Theater Breaking Through Barriers at the Harold Clurman Theatre in New York City in June 2016 under the direction of Stella Powell-Jones.

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