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plays by Cody Henderson

Cody Henderson: Full-Length Plays

THE LAWN

Character Breakdown: 4M, 3F

Set/Technical: An extraordinary lawn.
Running Time: 2 hours with intermission

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Reviews:

"An astounding, nerve-rattling assault on our values, our way of life, our America. With “The Lawn” as symbol for our self-worth, Mr. Henderson twists, jolts and otherwise finds ways to speed us on an astounding rollercoaster ride that leaves us richly rewarded, exhausted and exhilarated...and, if we’re of a mind, reflective in a way that makes us the better for this experience."

Casa Magazine Santa Barbara, Alex Henteloff

"(Henderson) created one of those deliciously unexpected and defiantly quirky-but-poignant plots—brought to vivid life by paradoxical characters—that defies concrete, artistic description. The situations and people manage, somehow, to be both bizarre, but uncomfortably, recognizably, 'ordinary.'"

Times-Standard (Eureka, Ca), Beti Trauth

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CARROTS FOR HARE

Character Breakdown: 5M, 1F

Set/Technical: The play begins and ends as an interactive kitsch side-show/haunted house -- so whatever the "Authentic Reproduction of an 1820s Edinburgh Inn" looks like is the set for the body of the play.
Running Time: 2 hours

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Reviews:

"Carrots For Hare is one of the best pieces of theatre I've seen in Los Angeles... a beautifully written script... something so eerily satisfying that I'm still enjoying it."

Backstage West

"Delivered in clever verse, Cody Henderson's ghoulish tale is...absorbing, fantastical and disconcerting."

L.A. Weekly

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More on CARROTS FOR HARE:

http://www.ghostroad.org/then_carrots.html


 

WONDERLUST

Character Breakdown: 3M, 1F

Set/Technical: A school desk. A teacher's desk.
Running Time: 2 hours with intermission

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PACIFIC DAYLIGHT

Character Breakdown: 3M, 2F

Set/Technical: A miniature, idilic Los Angeles and mountains.
Running Time: 70 min., no intermission

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THE BEWILDERED HERD

Character Breakdown: 2M, 3F

Set/Technical: A house in the San Fernando valley.
Running Time: 90 minutes with intermission

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COLD/TENDER

Character Breakdown: 3M, 5F

Set/Technical: An empty stage with pneumatic tubing. A video monitor.
Running Time: 2 hours with intermission

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Reviews:

"Though the Cold War plays in each tale, the real interest comes from watching Henderson's authentically detailed characters reevaluating their own American dreams against the dream represented by George Washington's appraising mug."

L.A. Weekly

"Henderson pieced together this story with a puzzle-master's skill. Unique and constantly engaging... It's clear that Henderson possesses considerable talent."

O.C. Weekly

"Cody Henderson's "Cold/Tender" [is] a piercing, affecting new work about Americans, their privilege, and their disengagement from the world."

Theater2k.com
>Full Review

Development:

More on COLD/TENDER:

http://www.bostoncourt.com/


 

Cody Henderson: Ten-Minute Plays

MAN MIRACULOUSLY SURVIVES SKYDIVE WITHOUT PARACHUTE

Character Breakdown: 1M, 1F

Set/Technical: 2 chairs. Maybe a table.

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FLOTSAM

Character Breakdown: 2M, 2F

Set/Technical: The deck of a ship in the middle of a dark, foggy sea.

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