The Abstract Life

Play

New Work
Writers: Germaine Shames

Overview

Show Information

Category
Play
Number of Acts
2
First Produced
2015
Genres
Drama, Comedy
Settings
Period, Unit/Single Set
Time & Place
New York City, 1950-1960
Cast Size
small
Ideal for
College/University, Community Theatre, Ensemble Cast, Mostly Female Cast, Professional Theatre, Regional Theatre
Casting Notes
Mostly female cast
Includes adult, early teen, young adult, mature adult, elderly characters

Synopsis

A widowed French artist emotionally scarred by WWII follows the epicenter of the art world from Paris to New York City, remarries, and brings over his seven-year old daughter. Foreseeing trouble, the ghost of his first wife comes along.

The Abstract Life chronicles a decade of repressed, if radical, social change through the life of one new immigrant whose love-hate relationship with his adopted country threatens to stymie his dreams and shows how Americans weather the bad times without losing faith in what America stands for.

Lead Characters