Failure to Thrive (We Small Hours)

Author: Jeff McMahon

Failure to Thrive (We Small Hours)

Description: Roping together political/sexual violation with moments of redemption and epiphany, this solo leaps from fascist apologists to terrorists to pedophiles grooming their victims "in the wee small hours of the morning."
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2007
Date Added: 6/1/2012
Content Advisory: language and subject
1 Act, 24 Minutes
1 Gender Neutral Character

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Keywords: Brechtian · Child Abuse · Crime · Drama · Dysfunctional Families · Families · Historical · Meta · Non-traditional/Non-narrative/Experimental/Post-dramatic · Philosophy · Politics · Postmodern · Rape · Sex · Single Set · Social Issues · Solo Play

Original Production Information

Failure to Thrive (We Small Hours) premiered at HOT! Festival at Dixon Place, New York City in July 2007. It was performed by Jeff McMahon and directed and dramaturged by Antonio Ocampo-Guzman.

Other performances: Teatro Caliente (Phoenix, Arizona) 2007; Highways (Santa Monica, California) 2008; Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics (Buenos Aires) 2007.