Far East

A R Gurney
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Set in the 1950s, FAR EAST tells of a young naval officer looking for fun in Japan before Voice of America calls him home.

Production Info

Cast: 5 total (2 female, 3 male)
Full Length Drama (about 100 minutes)
Minimal Set Requirements
Contemporary Costumes
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Press Quotes

“… this poignant new play is a welcome reminder of A R Gurney’s gliding dialogue and structural elegance, as well as the troubled, rueful heart that informs all his work.” —Ben Brantley, The New York Times

“A play that does everything right. The new drama by A R Gurney looks at who Americans were in the mid-1950s — a few Americans, anyway — and how they behaved out in those vast stretches of the world over which they had sway, and what their songs and movies and slang expressions and values were. The story centers on four US Navy people (one a Navy wife) stationed at a base in Japan in 1954 and 1955 … This subtle, tender play is, I think, Gurney’s best work. It’s John Cheever-meets-James Michener and it’s a critical elegy for a long-vanished American view of life.” —Donald Lyons, New York Post

“It is no coincidence that the movie playing at the overseas Officer’s Club in A R Gurney’s new play FAR EAST, is From Here to Eternity: the 1953 Pearl Harbor drama starring Burt Lancaster as a rugged Army sergeant who has a torrid affair with the restless wife of his commander … [A] deliciously wry play …” —Amy Gamerman, The Wall Street Journal

About the Author


  • A R Gurney

    A R ("Pete") Gurney's work has been produced in New York at Lincoln Center, Manhattan Theater Club, Playwrights Horizons, and Primary Stages. Among his plays are THE DINING ROOM, THE COCKTAIL HOUR, LOVE LETTERS, SYLVIA, FAR EAST, THE FOURTH WALL, and BIG BILL. Four of his more political plays — O JERUSALEM, MRS FARNSWORTH, SCREEN PLAY, and POST MORTEM — have been produced at the Flea Theater in Tribeca. Gurney also wrote several published novels, as well as the libretto for Michael Torke's opera Strawberry Fields, presented by the New York City Opera. A former Professor of Literature at M I T, he was elected in 2005 to the Theater Hall of Fame and in 2006 to The American Academy of Arts and Letters. He passed away in June 2017. Audio Interview [audioplayer file="//www.broadwayplaypublishing.com/wp-content/uploads/Bonus-Weekend-Podcast_-A.R.-Gurney-a.mp3" titles="Leonard Lopate Interviews A R Gurney" artists="" bg="434343"]

About the Book

Book Information

Publisher BPPI
Publication Date 2/1/2016
Pages 80
ISBN 9780881456585

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 Lincoln Center Theater Company, New York

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