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Adopt a Sailor

Charles Evered
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A self-involved New York couple adopt a young sailor from Arkansas during Fleet Week.

Production Info

Cast: 3 total (1 female, 2 male)
Full Length Drama (about 90 minutes)
Single Set
Contemporary Costumes

Press Quotes

“This finely crafted, both exquisitely simple and profound piece holds an important place in our history. Uniquely gratifying to perform for those of us who witnessed the horror of September 11th, 2001 from our living room windows, and invaluable to those who live after us to help explain the inexplicable feelings of that unbearable time.” —Bebe Neuwirth

“In ADOPT A SAILOR, Charles Evered has drawn from his own practical knowledge of two seemingly disparate worlds: the world of his experience in the navy, as well as that of an accomplished writer and director in the ‘civilian’ world. Evered’s razor sharp wit and dialogue help to illuminate this tale of the meeting of a young sailor from Arkansas who typifies navy core values: ‘Honor, Courage and Commitment,’ with a sophisticated couple from New York City who hold their own, no less legitimate and equally heartfelt set of values. Charles Evered makes the grade in bringing both of these worlds together and reminding us that in a country so often split down the middle both politically and culturally, the truth is that all of us have more in common than we ever imagined.” —Christopher Scholl, Commander, United States Navy

About the Author


  • Charles Evered

    Charles Evered took his undergraduate degree from Rutgers-Newark and an MFA from Yale University, where he studied with director George Roy Hill. Mr. Evered has won several awards for his writing including The Berrilla Kerr Award, The Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship at The Manhattan Theatre Club, The Chesterfield/Amblin Fellowship, The Edward F. Albee Foundation Fellowship, The Bert Linder Fellowship, The Lucas Artist Fellowship and The Crawford Playwriting Award. His plays include: RUNNING FUNNY (premiere featured Paul Giamatti), THE SIZE OF THE WORLD (premiere featured Liev Schreiber), THE SHOREHAM (premiere featured Eric Stoltz), ADOPT A SAILOR (premiere featured Sam Waterston and Eli Wallach,) and CELADINE (premiere featured Amy Irving). Additional plays include: BRIDEWELL, WILDERNESS OF MIRRORS, TEDS HEAD, CLOUDS HILL, TEN, CLASS and LOOKING AGAIN. He has written screenplays and teleplays for studios such as: Universal Pictures, NBC, Dreamworks and Paramount Pictures. His produced film and television credits include an episode of MONK entitled "Mr. Monk and the Leper" for USA Network, starring Tony Shalhoub and co-writing the screenplay for the feature RUNNING FUNNY. Mr. Evered also wrote and directed the feature film ADOPT A SAILOR, starring Peter Coyote and Bebe Neuwirth. ADOPT A SAILOR was an official selection at more than 20 national and international film festivals and premiered on Showtime. His short film VISITING premiered at the Palm Springs International Film Festival. His second feature as a director, A THOUSAND CUTS, starred Academy Award nominee Michael O'Keefe and was nominated for a Saturn Award by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films. It was distributed by Kino Lorber. Mr. Evered's most recent film, OUT, starred Gloria LeRoy and had its world premiere at the Newport Beach Film Festival. A new short play, KNOCK KNOCK, premiered in London at Theatre503. Mr. Evered's work has been profiled in The New York Times, BBC World and on NPR, among other outlets. He is a former officer in the United States Navy Reserve, having gained the rank of Lieutenant. In 2010 he formed a production company called Ordinance 14.

About the Book

Book Information

Publisher BPPI
Publication Date 4/1/2008
Pages 70
ISBN 9780881453430

Special Notes

Special Notes

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Adopt a Sailor is produced
by special arrangement with Broadway Play Publishing Inc, NYC


Upcoming and Recent Productions


11/8/2021 – 12/27/2021
Cape May Stage
Cape May, NJ


3/15/2024 – 3/17/2024
21ten Theatre
Portland, OR