4000 Miles


Writers: Amy Herzog


Show Information

Number of Acts
First Produced
Drama, Comedy
Unit/Single Set
Time & Place
september of a recent year-- maybe 2007. a rent-controlled apartment in new york city’s greenwich village that has not been redecorated since 1968. lots of books.
Cast Size
Ideal for
small cast, male lead, young characters, older characters, high school theatre, community theatre, professional theatre
Casting Notes
Mostly female cast
Includes young adult, elderly, late teen characters


Ninety-one year old political activist Vera Joseph’s solitary existence is entirely shaken when her grandson, Leo, appears at the door in the middle of the night Leo is fresh from a cross-country bike ride, and assures Vera that he won’t stay long. Leo, however, is in crisis, confused by an on-again, off-again romance, furious with his mother’s incessant meddling, and grieving deeply for his best friend and biking partner, Micah, who is recently deceased. While Leo seeks solace in his grandmother, Vera finds companionship in another person for the first time since the loss of her husband, Joe. A finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in Drama, Amy Herzog’s 4000 Miles is a compassionate, intimate, and frequently funny play that examines the love of the family we can choose, the family we can’t, and the healing power of trust.

Lead Characters

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