Snapshot

Snapshot
by Tanya Barfield, Lee Blessing, Michael Bigelow Dixon, Julie Jensen, Honour Kane, Sunil Kuruvilla, David Lindsay-Abaire, Victor Lodato, Quincy Long, Deb Margolin, Allison Moore, Lynn Nottage, Dan O'Brien, Val Smith, Annie Weisman, Craig Wright, Chay Yew

Productions (66)
  • Drama/Comedy
  • 80 - 100 minutes
  • 11 f, 11 m (4-25 actors possible: 2-15 f, 2-15 m)
  • Content Notes: Adult language
  • Set: Flexible set, suggesting various locales
  • Standard Edition ISBN: 978-1-62384-137-9

Snapshot
by Tanya Barfield, Lee Blessing, Michael Bigelow Dixon, Julie Jensen, Honour Kane, Sunil Kuruvilla, David Lindsay-Abaire, Victor Lodato, Quincy Long, Deb Margolin, Allison Moore, Lynn Nottage, Dan O'Brien, Val Smith, Annie Weisman, Craig Wright, Chay Yew

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Productions (66)
  • Drama/Comedy
  • 80 - 100 minutes
  • 11 f, 11 m (4-25 actors possible: 2-15 f, 2-15 m)
  • Content Notes: Adult language
  • Set: Flexible set, suggesting various locales

A photograph captures and documents a single moment in time and space -- a snapshot of history, of a reality bounded by the photo's frame. But what lies outside, beyond, behind the photograph? And what stories, memories, or associations does an image of place inspire? In this multi-writer project from Actors Theatre of Louisville, a diverse assortment of talented playwrights encounter and transform Mount Rushmore, South Dakota, 1969, a compelling image of the monument by renowned photographer Lee Friedlander. Their thought-provoking scenes and monologues range from delightful comedy to utterly serious tragedy, each approaching the photo's themes through a new lens. Read More

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Pricing Information

Min. Performance Fee* $80
Standard Edition $9.99
Stage Manager Edition $18.99
NOTE: Each piece in this anthology can be licensed and performed separately.

*The per performance fee begins at $80. Your per performance fee will be provided during the ordering process.

Play Details

A photograph captures and documents a single moment in time and space -- a snapshot of history, of a reality bounded by the photo's frame. But what lies outside, beyond, behind the photograph? And what stories, memories, or associations does an image of place inspire? In this multi-writer project from Actors Theatre of Louisville, a diverse assortment of talented playwrights encounter and transform Mount Rushmore, South Dakota, 1969, a compelling image of the monument by renowned photographer Lee Friedlander. Their thought-provoking scenes and monologues range from delightful comedy to utterly serious tragedy, each approaching the photo's themes through a new lens.

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  • A Quick Tour of the Monument by Craig Wright
  • Monument by Honour Kane
  • Scene at Mount Rushmore by Quincy Long
  • Tyler Poked Taylor by Lee Blessing
  • Rock Scissors Paper by Deb Margolin
  • Little Pezidents by Michael Bigelow Dixon and Val Smith
  • Defacing Patriotic Property by Tanya Barfield
  • Her First Screen Test by Dan O'Brien
  • Thrift of the Magi by Annie Weisman
  • Night Out by Sunil Kuruvilla
  • Here and Now by Chay Yew
  • The Great Father by Victor Lodato
  • American Klepto by Allison Moore
  • Becoming American by Lynn Nottage
  • History Lesson by David Lindsay-Abaire
  • Bomb Squad by Craig Wright
  • On Lincoln's Head by Julie Jensen

    • Drama/Comedy
    • 80 - 100 minutes
    • 11 f, 11 m (4-25 actors possible: 2-15 f, 2-15 m)
    • Content Notes: Adult language
    • Set: Flexible set, suggesting various locales
    • Standard Edition ISBN: 978-1-62384-137-9
  • Published Reviews

    "A terrific collection of perspectives -- both directly and indirectly inspired by the photo, ranging from serious to sassy..."

    Back Stage

    "Disturbingly funny and thought-provoking ... This is a play that encourages questioning conventional wisdom. You cannot show up expecting to be entertained without doing a little bit of brain work. And how better to start that off than to challenge the ideals encased in stone and superficially embraced by the millions of visitors to Mount Rushmore."

    V. Paul Virtucio, Duluth News Tribune

    "In many ways, the photograph, as central to each play, helped to produce an intriguing fractal view of the country."

    Andy Propst, American Theater Web

    Production History

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    Location
    NOV 17, 2017 - NOV 17, 2017
    Blue Valley High School
    Overland Park, KS United States
    Blue Valley High School Overland Park, KS United States
    SEP 29, 2017 - SEP 30, 2017
    Cornell University
    Ithaca, NY United States
    Cornell University Ithaca, NY United States
    FEB 23, 2017 - FEB 25, 2017
    A.A. Stagg High School
    Palos Pills, IL United States
    A.A. Stagg High School Palos Pills, IL United States
    FEB 09, 2017 - FEB 10, 2017
    Salem High School Theatre Arts
    SALEM, IN United States
    Salem High School Theatre Arts SALEM, IN United States
    NOV 29, 2016 - DEC 03, 2016
    Laramie High School
    Laramie, WY United States
    Laramie High School Laramie, WY United States
    SEP 30, 2016 - OCT 02, 2016
    Sidwell Friends School
    Washington, DC United States
    Sidwell Friends School Washington, DC United States
    JAN 28, 2016 - JAN 30, 2016
    Marshall School
    Duluth, MN United States
    Marshall School Duluth, MN United States
    OCT 29, 2015 - OCT 30, 2015
    Cesar Chavez High School
    Laveen, AZ United States
    Cesar Chavez High School Laveen, AZ United States
    MAY 15, 2015 - MAY 16, 2015
    Livingston High School
    Livingston, NJ United States
    Livingston High School Livingston, NJ United States
    APR 24, 2015 - APR 24, 2015
    OCVTS: Performing Arts Academy
    Toms River, CA United States
    OCVTS: Performing Arts Academy Toms River, CA United States
    APR 17, 2015 - APR 18, 2015
    Wm. Penn University
    Oskaloosa, IA United States
    Wm. Penn University Oskaloosa, IA United States
    APR 17, 2015 - APR 19, 2015
    Hotchkiss School
    Lakeville, CT United States
    Hotchkiss School Lakeville, CT United States
    JUN 27, 2014 - JUN 27, 2014
    N/A
    Bristol, CT United States
    N/A Bristol, CT United States
    APR 10, 2014 - APR 11, 2014
    Father Lopez Catholic High School
    Daytona Beach, FL United States
    Father Lopez Catholic High School Daytona Beach, FL United States
    FEB 26, 2014 - MAR 01, 2014
    San Diego Unified Visual and Performing Arts Department
    San Diego, CA United States
    San Diego Unified Visual and Performing Arts Department San Diego, CA United States
    FEB 11, 2014 - FEB 16, 2014
    University Of West Georgia
    Carrollton, GA United States
    University Of West Georgia Carrollton, GA United States
    MAY 02, 2013 - MAY 03, 2013
    Douglas Byrd High
    Fayetteville, NC United States
    Douglas Byrd High Fayetteville, NC United States
    MAY 02, 2013 - MAY 03, 2013
    Otter Valley Union HIgh School
    Brandon, VT United States
    Otter Valley Union HIgh School Brandon, VT United States
    JAN 24, 2013 - JAN 25, 2013
    Wilton High School
    Wilton, CT United States
    Wilton High School Wilton, CT United States
    NOV 14, 2012 - NOV 15, 2012
    Brandeis High School
    San Antonio, TX United States
    Brandeis High School San Antonio, TX United States
    NOV 17, 2011 - NOV 20, 2011
    University Of Utah
    Salt Lake City, UT United States
    University Of Utah Salt Lake City, UT United States
    OCT 28, 2011 - NOV 06, 2011
    Illinois College
    Jacksonville, IL United States
    Illinois College Jacksonville, IL United States
    OCT 14, 2011 - OCT 15, 2011
    Union Academy Charter School
    Monroe, NC United States
    Union Academy Charter School Monroe, NC United States
    MAY 05, 2011 - MAY 07, 2011
    Northland Christian School
    Houston, TX United States
    Northland Christian School Houston, TX United States
    APR 23, 2011 - APR 23, 2011
    Florida Southern College
    Lakeland, FL United States
    Florida Southern College Lakeland, FL United States
    MAR 03, 2011 - MAR 05, 2011
    Everett High School
    Everett, MA United States
    Everett High School Everett, MA United States
    FEB 24, 2011 - FEB 25, 2011
    Sacred Heart High School
    Hattiesburg, MS United States
    Sacred Heart High School Hattiesburg, MS United States
    DEC 08, 2010 - DEC 10, 2010
    Grady Middle School
    Houston, TX United States
    Grady Middle School Houston, TX United States
    NOV 13, 2010 - NOV 13, 2010
    Charleston County School Of The Arts
    North Charleston, SC United States
    Charleston County School Of The Arts North Charleston, SC United States
    OCT 28, 2010 - OCT 31, 2010
    New England College Carriage Theatre Ensemble
    Henniker, NH United States
    New England College Carriage Theatre Ensemble Henniker, NH United States
    SEP 30, 2010 - OCT 03, 2010
    Ron Houston Center For The Performing Arts
    Maryville, MO United States
    Ron Houston Center For The Performing Arts Maryville, MO United States
    SEP 28, 2010 - OCT 03, 2010
    Adam Roebuck Productions
    New York, NY United States
    Adam Roebuck Productions New York, NY United States
    MAR 01, 2010 - MAR 01, 2010
    Dramanon
    Ghaziabad, India
    Dramanon Ghaziabad, India
    JAN 22, 2010 - JAN 22, 2010
    Durango High School
    Durango, CO United States
    Durango High School Durango, CO United States
    NOV 14, 2009 - NOV 14, 2009
    Yerington High School
    Yerington, NV United States
    Yerington High School Yerington, NV United States
    JAN 28, 2009 - FEB 08, 2009
    Michigan State University
    East Lansing, MI United States
    Michigan State University East Lansing, MI United States
    DEC 11, 2008 - DEC 14, 2008
    Larry A Ryle High School
    Union, KY United States
    Larry A Ryle High School Union, KY United States
    DEC 04, 2008 - DEC 05, 2008
    Arts High School
    Newark, NJ United States
    Arts High School Newark, NJ United States
    MAY 16, 2008 - MAY 27, 2008
    Living Room Players
    Orlando, FL United States
    Living Room Players Orlando, FL United States
    MAR 29, 2008 - APR 19, 2008
    Shoestring Theater, MSJ Academy
    Mendon, VT United States
    Shoestring Theater, MSJ Academy Mendon, VT United States
    MAR 19, 2008 - MAR 25, 2008
    Community College Of Philadelphia
    Philadelphia, PA United States
    Community College Of Philadelphia Philadelphia, PA United States
    FEB 20, 2008 - FEB 21, 2008
    Deer Park High School North Campus
    Deer Park, TX United States
    Deer Park High School North Campus Deer Park, TX United States
    JAN 24, 2008 - JAN 25, 2008
    Morris Area High School
    Morrris, MN United States
    Morris Area High School Morrris, MN United States
    JUN 14, 2007 - JUN 16, 2007
    Manatee Community College
    Bradenton, FL United States
    Manatee Community College Bradenton, FL United States
    JUN 01, 2007 - JUN 10, 2007
    Mt. Hood Community College Theatre Department
    Gresham, OR United States
    Mt. Hood Community College Theatre Department Gresham, OR United States
    MAY 18, 2007 - MAY 19, 2007
    Albertson College Of Idaho
    Caldwell, ID United States
    Albertson College Of Idaho Caldwell, ID United States
    APR 26, 2007 - APR 28, 2007
    Harding High School
    St. Paul, MN United States
    Harding High School St. Paul, MN United States
    MAR 30, 2007 - MAR 31, 2007
    Coe-Brown Northwood Academy
    Northwood, NH United States
    Coe-Brown Northwood Academy Northwood, NH United States
    FEB 15, 2007 - FEB 17, 2007
    Grayson College Theatre Dept
    Denison, TX United States
    Grayson College Theatre Dept Denison, TX United States
    JAN 23, 2007 - MAR 20, 2007
    Coe-Brown Northwood Academy
    Northwood, NH United States
    Coe-Brown Northwood Academy Northwood, NH United States
    DEC 06, 2006 - DEC 06, 2006
    Hope High School Small Theatre
    Provdence, RI United States
    Hope High School Small Theatre Provdence, RI United States
    MAR 31, 2006 - APR 02, 2006
    St. Mary's College Of Maryland White Room
    St. Mary's City, MD United States
    St. Mary's College Of Maryland White Room St. Mary's City, MD United States
    FEB 10, 2006 - FEB 10, 2006
    Huntingtown High
    Silver Spring, MD United States
    Huntingtown High Silver Spring, MD United States
    DEC 02, 2005 - DEC 02, 2005
    Hancock High School Theatre
    Kiln, MS United States
    Hancock High School Theatre Kiln, MS United States
    SEP 30, 2005 - NOV 12, 2005
    Dekalb School Of The Arts
    Atlanta, GA United States
    Dekalb School Of The Arts Atlanta, GA United States
    MAR 17, 2005 - MAR 17, 2005
    Company Of Fools
    Hailey, ID United States
    Company Of Fools Hailey, ID United States
    DEC 08, 2004 - DEC 08, 2004
    Minnesota State University, Moorhead Theatre Dept.
    Moorhead, MN United States
    Minnesota State University, Moorhead Theatre Dept. Moorhead, MN United States
    NOV 19, 2004 - NOV 20, 2004
    Struthers High School Drama Club
    Struthers, OH United States
    Struthers High School Drama Club Struthers, OH United States
    OCT 21, 2004 - OCT 23, 2004
    Northern Virginia Community College-Loudoun Campus
    Sterling, VA United States
    Northern Virginia Community College-Loudoun Campus Sterling, VA United States
    SEP 23, 2004 - SEP 24, 2004
    Corning Community College
    Corning, NY United States
    Corning Community College Corning, NY United States
    AUG 26, 2004 - AUG 29, 2004
    AmeriStage Players
    Addison, TX United States
    AmeriStage Players Addison, TX United States
    MAY 20, 2004 - MAY 22, 2004
    William Davis Centre
    Vancouver, BC Canada
    William Davis Centre Vancouver, BC Canada
    APR 30, 2004 - APR 30, 2004
    Ruskin High School
    Kansas City, MO United States
    Ruskin High School Kansas City, MO United States
    APR 30, 2004 - MAY 01, 2004
    Walden III High School
    Racine, WI United States
    Walden III High School Racine, WI United States
    OCT 02, 2003 - OCT 02, 2003
    Sycamore High School
    Montgomery, OH United States
    Sycamore High School Montgomery, OH United States
    MAR 29, 2002 - APR 07, 2002
    Actors Theatre of Louisville
    Louisville, KY United States
    Actors Theatre of Louisville Louisville, KY United States
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    Location
    NOV 17, 2017 - NOV 17, 2017
    Blue Valley High School
    Overland Park, KS United States
    Blue Valley High School Overland Park, KS United States
    SEP 29, 2017 - SEP 30, 2017
    Cornell University
    Ithaca, NY United States
    Cornell University Ithaca, NY United States
    Sort by Most Recent
    Production Group
    Location
    MAR 29, 2002 - APR 07, 2002
    Actors Theatre of Louisville
    Louisville, KY United States
    Actors Theatre of Louisville Louisville, KY United States