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Indian Blood

A R Gurney
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Winner 2006–2007 Outer Critics Circle Award


INDIAN BLOOD is the story of an adolescent boy trying to stretch his wings in a large and traditional family.

Production Info

Cast: 8 total (3 female, 5 male)
Full Length Drama (about 100 minutes)
Minimal Set Requirements
Contemporary Costumes
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Press Quotes

“A R Gurney’s latest play, INDIAN BLOOD, is like a snow globe for the stage, in this case a memento of wintry Buffalo in the mid-1940s … Written with delicacy and old-school craftsmanship, INDIAN BLOOD is a modest memory play that is endowed with a measure of emotional heft.” —Charles Isherwood, The New York Times

“In INDIAN BLOOD, his delightful and touching memory play, A R Gurney takes a break from his recent anti-Bush salvos (MRS FARNSWORTH, SCREENPLAY) and returns to his treasured hometown of Buffalo … INDIAN BLOOD can be seen as a companion piece to Gurney’s recent political works, for he feels as strongly about what he lost long ago on the shores of Lake Erie as what he now finds daily along the Potomac. Eulogizing the past is just one more way to take a slap at the present.” —Robert Simonson, Time Out

“INDIAN BLOOD is smart, diverting and very much worth seeing.” —Terry Teachout, The Wall Street Journal

“In his sweet and civilized memoir of a sixteen-year-old boy in rebellion against the stuffy values of his upper-middle-class family, prolific scribe A R Gurney deftly sidesteps the deathtrap of narcissism that trips up most coming-of-age plays.” —Marilyn Stasio, Daily Variety

“Much like his fellow American master Horton Foote’s evocations of 1900s Texas towns — in tone and exaction, if not style — Gurney’s expert accounts of genteel American life are compassionate plays. Lighter in emotional fabric than some of his stories, INDIAN BLOOD otherwise proves no exception to Gurney’s excellent body of classy works.” —Michael Sommers, The Star Ledger

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="//" titles="Leonard Lopate Interviews A R Gurney" artists="" bg="434343"]

About the Book

Book Information

Publisher BPPI
Publication Date 11/1/2006
Pages 78
ISBN 9780881453218

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 Primary Stages, New York

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

Audio Interview

Audio Interview

Leonard Lopate interviews A R Gurney.


Upcoming and Recent Productions


6/18/2018 – 6/18/2018
Theater Breaking Through Barriers
New York, NY