End of Summer
Written By: SN Behrman
November 1-3, 2012
During the Great Depression, playwright S.N. Behrman wanted to write an "American Cherry Orchard of Capitalism" that explored the conflict between inherited wealth and contemporary problems of unemployment, especially as it affected young people. End Of Summer is a comic melodrama set entirely at a wealthy estate on the coast of Maine (Behrman got the idea while visiting Blue Hill). A young heiress falls in love with a poor college graduate who is starting a new movement for social justice. The passionate battles that ensue are complicated by an assortment of eccentric visitors, therapists, scientists, and friends whose self-interest and survival instincts often clash with their romantic ideals. An admirer of Shaw and Ibsen, Behrman's progressive theater of ideas uses rich language to explore the complexities of class warfare, romance, and generational and social upheavals with particular relevance to the times we live in.
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