Roots in Water
This collection includes 12 thematically related short plays: 1976, FLYER; 1977, BRIEFING; 1978, SQUASH; 1979, WHAT I DID ON MY SUMMER VACATION; 1980, THE ENVIRONMENT; 1981, THE FREEZE MOVEMENT; 1982, CIVIL RIGHTS; 1983, BUYING A HOUSE; 1984, THE LAST CIGARETTE OR THEY HAVE PROBLEMS IN CENTRAL AMERICA; 1984, U.S.A. U.S.A. U.S.A.; 1986, “THE CHERRY ORCHARD”; 1988, THANKSGIVING. 1976, FLYER: A man shares his duties in the transportation and delivery of food aid. 1977, BRIEFING: A United States congressman visits Thailand and prepares a report on the human tragedy he’s witnessed in the provinces. 1978, SQUASH: A married couple reflect on their opposition to the war in Vietnam. 1979, WHAT I DID ON MY SUMMER VACATION: A man laments the seeming indifference of the next generation to the causes for which his generation fought. 1980, THE ENVIRONMENT: An environmentalist group learns that in order to prosper they must compromise their principles. 1981, THE FREEZE MOVEMENT: A couple begins to consider the future of their five-month-old child. 1982, CIVIL RIGHTS: A man talks to his son about the work he and his mother did in Harlem when they were younger. 1983, BUYING A HOUSE: A woman expresses her dissatisfaction with what has become an ordinary life to her close friend. 1984, THE LAST CIGARETTE OR THEY HAVE PROBLEMS IN CENTRAL AMERICA: A group of friends decide to give up smoking, an act tied to pivotal moments in their lives. 1984, U.S.A. U.S.A. U.S.A.: A couple debate the significance of their son’s T-shirt, which is imprinted with the letters “U.S.A.” 1986, “THE CHERRY ORCHARD”: Siblings divide the estate of their deceased mother and consider whether a malpractice lawsuit against the doctor who administered her physical is warranted. 1988, THANKSGIVING: Marriages and relationships splinter among a group of longstanding friends.
Plays in This Collection
- 1976, Flyer
- 1977, Briefing
- 1978, Squash
- 1979, What I Did on My Summer Vacation
- 1980, The Environment
- 1981, The Freeze Movement
- 1982, Civil Rights
- 1983, Buying a House
- 1984, The Last Cigarette or They Have Problems in Central America
- 1984, U.S.A. U.S.A. U.S.A.
- 1986, "The Cherry Orchard"
- 1988, Thanksgiving
- About the Author(s)
- About the Book
- Special Notes
“ROOTS IN WATER is a series of twelve short plays, ranging from five to fifteen minutes in length. Some have already been staged at a small theater in Woodstock, but the new radio production is the first time they have been performed as a whole. Richard calls the plays ‘a fragmented portrait of a generation’ — his generation, the ‘baby boom’ children of the 1950s who came to adulthood in post-Vietnam America. All the characters are American, though not all the plays take place in the U S A. The drama spans the years 1976 to 1988 and the plays were written over the past eight years. Stylistically different — some are funny, some satirical, some moving — they focus on a disparate set of characters including a Vietnam pilot, former anti-war campaigners, teachers, politicians, and lawyers. Nelson sees the series as being ‘like a volume of collected stories.'” —Radio Times
“A tapestry of American society.” —Sheridan Morley, The Sunday Telegraph
“Something of the spareness and the ability to set up slow-burning trains for thought which mark out Raymond Carver’s short stories.” —Robert Hanks, The Independent
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