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Area of Rescue

Laura Eason
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Set in a dystopic future, in a culture of fear, where the trees are being stripped and burned and ashes rain from the sky, a family deals with the aftermath of a woman being swallowed by the sea. With the proper ID card, safety is right next door. But if not in this life, then in the next.

Production Info

Cast: 7 total (5 female, 2 male)
Full Length Drama (about 100 minutes)
Minimal Set Requirements
Contemporary Costumes
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Press Quotes

The critics on Laura Eason’s plays:

THE COAST OF CHICAGO: “What a lovely, haunting surprise. THE COAST OF CHICAGO turns out to be a poetic, emotionally vivid … portrait of the artist as a young man.” —Chicago Sun-Times

“I am thrilled to report that Eason’s translation to the stage is brilliant … a tight, riveting show … Four stars (out of four).” —Daily Herald

“A beautiful piece …” —W B E Z, Chicago Public Radio

IN THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER: “… beautifully imagined and realized … the brief hour of BEHOLDER packs in a lot more than a dozen productions elsewhere … a haunting hour of striking imagery, tantalizing role-playing and indelible artistry worth savoring long after the final black out.” —Chicago Tribune

“Laura Eason’s mini-masterwork … a must-see revival.” —Chicago Sun-Times

“… rich, resonant, endlessly inventive … daring intelligent and brilliantly executed.” —New City

About the Author


  • Laura Eason

    Laura Eason is the author of twenty plays, original work and adaptation, a musical book writer, and screenwriter. Selected productions of full-length plays include SEX WITH STRANGERS (Second Stage Theatre, NYC; Signature Theatre, DC; Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Chicago; Sydney Theatre Company, AU; published by Overlook Press); THE UNDENIABLE SOUND OF RIGHT NOW (Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre and Women's Project Theater, NYC; Rising Phoenix Rep, NYC); THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER (Hartford Stage, CT; New Victory Theater, NYC; People's Light & Theatre Company, PA; Actors Theatre of Louisville, KY; The Kansas City Repertory Theatre; The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis; Denver Center; published by DPS), and AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS (New Vic and Royal Exchange, UK; Lookingglass Theatre Company; Baltimore Center Stage; published by Broadway Play Publishing). Produced short plays include: MR. SMITTEN (Humana Festival), CITI MOMS (Women's Project Theater, NYC), USA-001A (American Theater Company, Chicago), JACK AND THE COLLECTION (WET, NYC), LOST BOY IN THE RUINED CITY (Theatre Seven, Chicago), IT WAS FUN WHILE IT LASTED (City Theatre, Miami), and LOST IN THE SUPERMARKET (Vital Theatre Company, NYC), among others. She wrote the book for the musicals DAYS LIKE TODAY, music and lyrics by Alan Schmuckler (Writers Theatre, Chicago) and SUMMERLAND, music by Jenny Giering, lyrics by Sean Barry (Chicago Shakespeare Theater commission). Additional plays include: THE VAST IN-BETWEEN (Denver Center commission, also developed by Vineyard Theatre, NYC), REMARKABLE INVISIBLE (Ambassador Theatre Group commission), EVERY REASON TO HOPE AND BELIEVE (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis commission), 40 DAYS (NEA grant, developed by New York Theatre Workshop), PLAINFIELD ACE (developed by Two River Theater, NJ and Atlantic Theater Company, NYC) and an adaptation of HANS BRINKER AND THE SILVER SKATES (Arden Theatre Company commission), among others. As a screenwriter, Laura wrote on season two and three of the Emmy-winning Netflix show House of Cards. She is an Ensemble Member and former Artistic Director of Chicago's Lookingglass Theatre (2011 Regional Tony Award). In New York, she is a member of Rising Phoenix Rep, New Georges, and a Women's Project Playwright's Lab alumna.

About the Book

Book Information

Publisher BPPI
Publication Date 6/1/2007
Pages 80
ISBN 9780881453454

Special Notes

Special Notes

Licensees are required to include the original stage producers credits in the following form on the title page in all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play and in all advertising in which the full cast appears in size of type not less than ten percent (10%) of the size of the title of the Play:

Originally produced by Andhow! Theater Company, New York

The following must appear within all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play:
Area of Rescue is produced
by special arrangement with Broadway Play Publishing Inc, NYC