Theatre Lanford Wilson Fifth of July

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Fifth of July

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A group of friends who came of age in the sixties have a reunion in an old Missouri farmhouse, where their reminiscences reveal shattered hopes, buried resentments, lost dreams, and the unhealed trauma of the Vietnam War.

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A comedy/drama for 4 men and 4 women. The scene is a sprawling farmhouse in rural Missouri, which is home to Ken, a legless Vietnam veteran, and his lover, Jed, a horticulturist. They are visited by Ken's sister, June, and her teenage daughter, and by Gwen and John—the former a hard-drinking, pill-popping heiress who aspires to be a rock star, the latter her wary-eyed husband and manager. All are old friends from college days, and former activists who agitated for what they hoped would be a better world. The action centers on Gwen's offer to buy the farm, which she plans to convert into a recording center, and on Ken's Aunt Sally, who has come to the family homestead to scatter the ashes of her late husband. Their talk, as the play progresses, is sharp and funny and, in the final essence, deeply revealing of lost hopes and dreams and of the bitterness that must be fought back if one is to perceive the good that life can offer.

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Lanford Wilson is the author of the full length plays BALM IN GILEAD. THE RIMERS OF VELDRITCH (Vernon Rice Award), THE GINGHAM DOG, LEMON SKY, SERENADING LOUIE, THE HOT BALTIMORE (New York Drama Critics Circle Award; Best American Play, Obie Award), ANGELS FALL (Tony nomination) and many more. He has been inducted into the Missouri Writers Hall of Fame and the American Theatre Hall of Fame. Wilson is a founder (with Tanya Berezin, Rob Thirkield, and Marshall W. Mason) of the Circle Repertory Company in New York City and was a resident playwright there from 1969-1995. About L.A. Theatre Works: L.A. Theatre Works, founded in 1974, produces the world's finest audio theatre. Our catalogue features the largest collection of classic and contemporary plays, recorded in state-of-the-art sound quality, starring today's most popular and acclaimed actors. Your selection is packed in durable vinyl cases with colorful, attractive covers. These handsome editions are perfect for personal collections, schools and libraries. Our catalogue features many award-winning plays, musicals, docudramas and novels that let your imagination soar!

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