Synopsis

Where I Come From

Where I Come From $15.99

Richard Nelson

Published by Broadway Publishing

Large Mixed Cast

Where I Come From is a play for young people to perform

There is no over-arching “message” to the piece

Rather, it is a play that explores the complexities and ambiguities of life

Writing from the naturalistic tradition of Anton Chekhov (although in a very different era), Nelson uses a richness of texture and subtext to evoke the complicated circumstances of these characters’ lives

Through the exploration of these “places underneath” an enormous sense of affection is developed for the young people in this play — their resilience, their affection and generosity towards each other

But mostly their belief that the world should be a just and honest place

They are, as Nelson says, “heroic” in the passion, perseverance and curiosity that they bring to the struggles of life.

Production Info

Cast: 13 total (7 female, 6 male, all characters are teenagers)

Runs about 90 minutes

Minimal Set Requirements

Contemporary Costumes

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