Overview


Synopsis

When Charlotte Blossom’s beloved Aunt Olivia, a famous and eccentric artist, is dying of cancer, the whole family -- husband Wally, a composer with writer’s block; son Turner, a classical guitar prodigy; and daughter Pony, a girl with a fearful imagination -- take a road trip all the way from New York to Taos, New Mexico, to say goodbye. Along the way, they encounter an adorable newborn, a precocious psychic, mysterious nighttime noises, and the knowledge that we are born as fish, and to fish we do return. With emotion heightened by major changes and regular road trip anxiety, the members of the Blossom family must each come to terms with their place in the cycle of life. Tina Howe’s Approaching Zanzibar is both intimate and grand, a glorious and magically absurd romp through a vast American landscape and the inner workings of the human family, and the human heart.


Characters

Female

Lead

Spoken

Male

Lead

Spoken

Male

Lead

Spoken



Show Information

Book
Category
Number of Acts
2 Acts
First Produced
1989
Genres
Settings
Contemporary, Multiple Settings
Time & Place
1980s, 1990s, august, on the road, the blue ridge mountains, a tent, asheville, north carolina, the smoky mountains, oklahoma city, texas, taos, new mexico
Cast Size
Licensor
Ideal For
College/University, Community Theatre, Ensemble Cast, High School, Professional Theatre, Regional Theatre
Casting Notes
Mostly female cast
Includes adult, mature adult, child, early teen, elderly characters

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