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The Senior Theatre Majors'
Savage in Limbo
A Concert Play
by John Patrick Shanley
Directed by Hiawatha Johnson Jr.
Produced by Hannah Hudson '09, Lauren Maier '09 and
Dariana Fitzgerald '09
Scenic Design by Hannah Hudson '09
Lighting Design by Lauren Maier '09
Costume Design by Tiger Lamy '10
|Adam Brown '11
||Alden Coldwell '09
||Brittany Costa '09
|Cassidy Sickmen '12
||Timothy Fowler '12
||Laura Allan '10
Richard Coultas '11
Xavier Suarez '12
arresting and brilliantly inventive play
which moves from comedy to near tragedy as
it explores the hopes and dreams of a group
of rootless young "losers" who congregate in
an anonymous Bronx bar, hoping to find
respite from the drabness of their lives.
Produced Off-Broadway by New York's Double
Image Repertory Company.
comedy of manners.
"John Patrick Shanley has written an often
searing, existential and dramatically
compelling work dealing with our search for
roots and purpose in an often purposeless
"Although filled with comic lines, SAVAGE IN
LIMBO has the serious intent of laying bare
the unstated dreams and thwarted
possibilities of its artfully drawn
"Conceived with sharp insight into the lives
of losers, conveyed with a friskly and often
hilarious wit…" —NY Daily News.
Read all about it here.
||A big man, red-haired and
baby-faced. He has no
sense of humor. He does
not pour drinks; he produces
them from nowhere. He has
a wooden foot.
||A beat-up, tired, vulnerable
woman with beautiful, damaged
eyes. She can go from
serenity to hysteria without
showing a seam.
||She's small, wild-haired,
strong, belligerent, determined,
dissatisfied, and scared.
She is in pain, paranoid, and
full of hunger. She has
||A done-up, attractive,
overripe Italian woman.
She pronounces the name Anthony
as "Antony," and the word virgin
as "version." She is
physically very womanly and very
||A streamlined Italian stud
with a streak of self-doubt and
a yearning sweetness.
All of the characters are
thirty-two years old.
is informed by the occasional
All characters enter through
is a slightly seedy neighborhood
bar in the Bronx, where a group
of regulars (who all happen to
be the same age—thirty-two) seek
relief from the disappointments
and tedium of the outside world.
The first to arrive is Denise
Savage, a perennial loner who
announces that she is still a
virgin, but would like to remedy
the situation. She is joined by
an old school friend, Linda
Rotunda, whose problem has been
the opposite—too many lovers
(and illegitimate children) but
who is now fearful that her
current boyfriend, Tony Aronica,
is losing interest in her. And
when the macho Tony comes
bursting in shortly thereafter
and announces that he is leaving
her to pursue "ugly girls,"
girls who have read books and
can teach him something, Linda
is desolate. Denise, sensing an
advantage, makes a play for
Tony, and the action quickens,
moving swiftly from zany comedy
to tense confrontation which
requires the muscle and
mediating skills of the taciturn
bartender, Murk, who,
heretofore, had been content to
keep the glasses filled,
including that of his mixed-up
girlfriend, April, a failed nun
who is also a classmate of the
others. In the end, tensions
subside, Linda recaptures Tony,
Murk proposes to April, and only
Denise remains as she was—still
in the limbo of loneliness from
which she so desperately wants
- from the Dramatists website
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