by  Ethan Lipton

Full Length Play, Dark Comedy  /  4m, 1f, 1m or f

CRITIC'S PICK! "The play oozes with a moral ambiguity that will stick to your bones and your conscience long after you’ve left the theater." - The New York Times 

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4m, 1f, 1m or f
  • Duration


    90 minutes
  • SubGenre


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  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

The world is a hard place for a returning war-vet. Lucky for Luther, he's been adopted by a couple of caring urbanites like Walter and Marjorie. A darkly comic examination of America's uneasy relationship with our veterans which begs the question who is more detached from reality: the soldier or those he is protecting?
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CRITIC'S PICK! "The play oozes with a moral ambiguity that will stick to your bones and your conscience long after you’ve left the theater." - The New York Times 


Performing Groups

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


  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol
  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes
  • Caution Smoking Smoking

License details

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



  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: A world much like ours. Soon.
  • Additional Features: No intermission, Puppetry
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


4m, 1f, 1m or f
MARJORIE FORMAN - a freelancer, early 40s
LUTHER SHAW FORMAN - a veteran of war. mid 20s
WALTER FORMAN - a businessman. mid 40s
TOM - a caterer, early 30s
MORRIS McHENRY - a stranger. early 40s
CAPTAIN JAMES - a policeman, mid 40s
PHIL AND JULIE - business people, played by puppets
OFFICER - played by a puppet
FRANK LIEBOWITZ - a legal advocate, played by a puppet
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Cast Attributes

  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)

Casting Notes

Tom and Captain James should be played by the same actor. All four puppet characters should be played by one actor (female or male) and those characters should be portrayed with as much gravity and humanity as possible.


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Ethan Lipton

Ethan Lipton’s produced plays and musicals include The Outer Space (Lortel nom.), Tumacho, Red-Handed Otter, Luther, No Place to Go (Obie Award), Goodbye April Hello May, 100 Aspects of the Moon and Meat. His work has been seen in New York at the Public Theater (Joe’s Pub), The Playwrights Realm and Clubbed Thumb, and ...

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Luther premiered as a part of the Clubbed Thumb Summerworks Festival at the HERE Arts Center in New York City in June 2012 under the direction of Ken Rus Schmoll.

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