PERFORMING ANNIE OAKLEY - Breathe - Annie

Lawrence, Kansas

PLAY DESCRIPTION:

Annie Oakley comes before a contemporary audience to rebel against the image that has clung to her in American culture. Throughout the play, she strives to free herself (and the audience's memory of her) from the identity constructed for her by Buffalo Bill Cody's Wild West Combination and to replace her popular image with one of her own making. Her quest for self-definition brings on a confrontation with a resurrected Buffalo Bill in the form of a ventriloquist's puppet that speaks through her.

MONOLOGUE DESCRIPTION

Time: Present and the Late 1890s                                  

Situation: Annie Oakley talks about her past, her Quaker upbringing, her father, and the important lessons she learned from him.  

Subject Matter: Annie Oakley, Guns, Shooting, Breathing, Fathers, Teachers, Quakers, Civil War, Death, Grief, Strength

Note from Playwright: Do you want others to remember you? What contribution do you want to make to those that come after you?  What about your past would you change?

Supplemental Information: To read the Full Script, contact the Writer at jgt@ku.edu. 

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  • Source
    Full-Length Play, Play w/Music
  • Character Age
    Ageless, Adult 50-60
  • Character Gender Ident./Sexual Orient.
    Female, Bisexual, Lesbian, Heterosexual
  • Character Ethnicity
    Universal, White, Jewish
  • Genre
    Comedic Drama, Historical Drama
  • Period
    Pre-Contemporary, Contemporary
  • Length
    2 min or less, 2 min +
  • Writer Gender Identity/Sexual Orientation
    Male
  • Writer Ethnicity
    European, White
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