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The Long Red Road

Brett C Leonard
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A devastating play about the impact of addiction, THE LONG RED ROAD introduces us to Sammy, who has fled his past and landed in South Dakota, where he is slowly drinking himself to death. When his young daughter arrives desperate to reunite with her father, he must decide between the self-hatred that consumes him and the responsibilities he’s tried to leave behind.

Production Info

Cast: 6 total (3 female, 3 male, Native American Cast)
Full Length Drama (about 100 minutes)
Multiple Sets
Contemporary Costumes
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Press Quotes

“THE LONG RED ROAD is a great work … intensely moody, slowly paced, intimate and compellingly painful … The play gets under your skin and convincingly takes you to the most unpleasant of psychic terrains. It ruins your day and, strangely, leaves you wanting more in that unrelentingly human but foolish belief in better tomorrows.” —Steven Oxman, Variety

“[A] raw and arresting new drama from Brett C Leonard … a deeply melancholy portrait of the horrific familial cost of addiction … Leonard is a fascinating and authentic writer.” —Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune

“… a powerfully redemptive celebration of forgiveness and unconventional beauty … startling, moving and at times, difficult to bear in its stark authenticity.” —Catey Sullivan, Chicago Theater

“THE LONG RED ROAD is a brilliant masterpiece … a story you won’t soon forget.” —Philip Potempa, N W Indiana Times

About the Author


  • Brett C Leonard

    Brett C Leonard has been a member of New York's acclaimed LAByrinth Theater Company since 2003. His stage plays have been produced in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, London, Toronto, Berlin and Sydney. In early 2010 his play THE LONG RED ROAD was directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman in an extended-run world premiere at Goodman Theatre in Chicago. In 2008 UNCONDITIONAL was directed by Mark Wing-Davey in its world premiere production by LAByrinth Theater Company at New York's Public Theater, and is published in Smith & Kraus' New Playwrights: The Best Plays of 2008. In 2004 his play GUINEA PIG SOLO had its world premiere as the inaugural LAByrinth/Public Theater co-production, and was later produced at Chicago's Collaboraction, where it was named Chicago Tribune's "Top 10 of 2005" and "most visceral show of the year." In 2007 GUINEA PIG SOLO was presented as part of the Berlin Arts Festival's 50th Anniversary at the House of World Culture. ROGER AND VANESSA has been produced at Latchmere Theatre 503 in London, The Actors' Gang in Los Angeles and Tap Gallery in Sydney. SCOTCH AND WATER was first produced by New Company in London, where it was selected as Critics' Choice in Time Out London. Mr. Leonard is the recipient of the 2008 Daryl Roth Creative Spirit Award and is Co-Artistic Director (with Tom Hardy and Kelly Marcel) of London's Bad Dog Theatre Company. He is also a member of Israel Horovitz's Playwrights Lab. GUINEA PIG SOLO, UNCONDITIONAL, ROGER AND VANESSA, SCOTCH AND WATER and THE LONG RED ROAD are published by Broadway Play Publishing. Past and upcoming film and television projects include Unconditional (Cooper's Town Prods/Overture Films), The Other (Lionsgate, co-written with Tom Hardy), Hung (HBO), Jailbait (Belladonna/Kindred/Warner Brothers) and Upstate (E-1 Ent., co-written with Bob Glaudini).

About the Book

Book Information

Publisher BPPI
Publication Date 12/1/2010
Pages 80
ISBN 9780881454642

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:

First produced by Goodman Theater, Chicago

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