Full Bloom

Full Bloom
by Suzanne Bradbeer

Productions (10)
  • Drama
  • 85 - 95 minutes
  • 3 f, 2 m
  • Set: Minimal.
  • Standard Edition ISBN: 978-1-62384-406-6

Full Bloom
by Suzanne Bradbeer

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Productions (10)
  • Drama
  • 85 - 95 minutes
  • 3 f, 2 m
  • Set: Minimal.

Something is different about teenage Phoebe when she returns from her summer vacation in Italy. Suddenly, she can't bear society's obsession with youth and beauty. She becomes reckless -- skipping school, and going out with guys she barely knows. Her fragile self-image is further shaken by her family and friends' constant commentary on her appearance, her neighbor's plans for plastic surgery, and her father's recent move to live with a much-younger mistress. When Phoebe's behavior takes a drastic turn, it's up to those she loves most to save her from herself before it's too late.

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Pricing Information

Performance Fee $80
Standard Edition $9.99
Stage Manager Edition $18.99

Play Details

Something is different about teenage Phoebe when she returns from her summer vacation in Italy. Suddenly, she can't bear society's obsession with youth and beauty. She becomes reckless -- skipping school, and going out with guys she barely knows. Her fragile self-image is further shaken by her family and friends' constant commentary on her appearance, her neighbor's plans for plastic surgery, and her father's recent move to live with a much-younger mistress. When Phoebe's behavior takes a drastic turn, it's up to those she loves most to save her from herself before it's too late.

  • Drama
  • 85 - 95 minutes
  • 3 f, 2 m
  • Set: Minimal.
  • Standard Edition ISBN: 978-1-62384-406-6

Published Reviews

"...a subtle and devastating play, yet surprisingly funny and ultimately hopeful."

Holyoke Sun

"As always, I am teaching Full Bloom this fall as part of my 'Myths of Adolescence and the Literary Imagination' course. Again, as always, the students love the play. They feel seen and challenged and changed by it. Having taught it for the last ten years, I can say that each time I read and converse about it, I find something new to love in it."

Lisa Russ Spaar, Guggenheim Fellow; Professor of English, University of Virginia

"Full Bloom is entertainingly political."

The Boston Globe

"Bradbeer's play doesn't compromise when giving answers to the questions it raises. What makes it special is that she gets an audience to love Phoebe as much as the four characters on stage do..."

New Jersey Star Ledger

"...intriguing and thought-provoking, with moments of humor and genuine tenderness..."

New Theater Corps

"...accomplished and quietly affecting..."

Houston Chronicle

"Full Bloom is that rarity in theater -- a play of substance and honesty that treats its characters and audiences intelligently; that speaks in a refreshingly clear and distinct voice...Phoebe is a visible presence, a central part of the human canvas that is not likely to vanish anytime soon."

The Berkshire Eagle

"...consistently engaging."

The New York Times

Production History

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Production Group
Location
MAY 18, 2017 - MAY 20, 2017
13Players
Latrobe, PA United States
13Players Latrobe, PA United States
NOV 12, 2015 - NOV 14, 2015
Colonial Forge HS DRAMA
Stafford, VA United States
Colonial Forge HS DRAMA Stafford, VA United States
MAY 15, 2015 - MAY 16, 2015
Cedar Hill Ninth Grade Center
Cedar Hill, TX United States
Cedar Hill Ninth Grade Center Cedar Hill, TX United States
AUG 13, 2013 - AUG 24, 2013
Arcturus Theater Company
Washington, DC United States
Arcturus Theater Company Washington, DC United States
APR 28, 2006 - MAY 14, 2006
Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre
South Orange, NJ United States
Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre South Orange, NJ United States
MAR 11, 2006 - APR 02, 2006
Vital Theatre Company
New York, NY United States
Vital Theatre Company New York, NY United States
OCT 26, 2001 - NOV 11, 2001
Bloomington Playwrights Project
Bloomington, IN United States
Bloomington Playwrights Project Bloomington, IN United States
MAR 10, 2001 - APR 07, 2001
Main Street Theater
Houston, TX United States
Main Street Theater Houston, TX United States
OCT 20, 2000 - NOV 05, 2000
Hudson Stage Company
Briarcliff Manor, NY United States
Hudson Stage Company Briarcliff Manor, NY United States
JUL 19, 2000 - AUG 05, 2000
Barrington Stage Company
Great Barrington, MA United States
Barrington Stage Company Great Barrington, MA United States
Sort by Most Recent
Production Group
Location
MAY 18, 2017 - MAY 20, 2017
13Players
Latrobe, PA United States
13Players Latrobe, PA United States
Sort by Most Recent
Production Group
Location
AUG 13, 2013 - AUG 24, 2013
Arcturus Theater Company
Washington, DC United States
Arcturus Theater Company Washington, DC United States
APR 28, 2006 - MAY 14, 2006
Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre
South Orange, NJ United States
Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre South Orange, NJ United States
MAR 11, 2006 - APR 02, 2006
Vital Theatre Company
New York, NY United States
Vital Theatre Company New York, NY United States
OCT 26, 2001 - NOV 11, 2001
Bloomington Playwrights Project
Bloomington, IN United States
Bloomington Playwrights Project Bloomington, IN United States
MAR 10, 2001 - APR 07, 2001
Main Street Theater
Houston, TX United States
Main Street Theater Houston, TX United States
OCT 20, 2000 - NOV 05, 2000
Hudson Stage Company
Briarcliff Manor, NY United States
Hudson Stage Company Briarcliff Manor, NY United States
JUL 19, 2000 - AUG 05, 2000
Barrington Stage Company
Great Barrington, MA United States
Barrington Stage Company Great Barrington, MA United States

Awards (2)