name = Streamers
caption = Broadway poster
characters = Roger
setting = a Virginia army base
premiere = 21 April 1976
Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater New York City, New York
orig_lang = English
genre = Drama
ibdb_id = 11202
iobdb_id = 3063
"Streamers" is a play by
David RabeThe production transferred to Broadway, opening on April 211976 at Lincoln Center's Mitzi E. Newhouse Theatre, where it ran for 478 performances. The cast included Terry Alexander as Roger, Paul Rudd as Billy, and Dorian Harewoodas Carlyle, with Evans, Sweet, and McMillian reprising their Long Wharf roles. Later in the run Mark Metcalfreplaced Rudd as Billy.
The last in his
Vietnam War trilogythat began with " The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel" and " Sticks and Bones", it focuses on the interactions and personal conflicts of a group of soldiers preparing to ship out to fight in the Southeast Asian conflict. Among them are middle class African AmericanRoger, upper class Manhattanite Richie, who is struggling with his sexual orientation, conservative Wisconsincountry boy Billy, and fearful loose cannon Carlyle, a streetwise black. In charge of their barracks are abrasive alcoholic Sgt. Cokes, who already has served overseas, and aggressive Sgt. Rooney, who is anxious to get into combat.
Its title a reference to
parachutes that fail to open, "Streamers" originally was a one-act play entitled "Knives" Rabe completed in the late-1960s prior to writing the first two-thirds of his trilogy. While working as a journalistin New Haven, Connecticut, he expanded it into a full-length play. Under the direction of Mike Nichols, it premiered at the Long Wharf Theatreon January 30 1976. The cast included Herbert Jefferson, Jr. as Roger, Peter Evans as Richie, John Heard as Billy, Joe Fields as Carlyle, Dolph Sweetas Cokes, and Kenneth McMillan as Rooney.
In 1983, Rabe adapted his play for a feature film directed by
Robert Altmanand produced by Robert Michael Geisler and John Roberdeau. The cast included David Alan Grieras Roger, Mitchell Lichtensteinas Richie, Matthew Modineas Billy, Michael Wright as Carlyle, George Dzundzaas Cokes, and Guy Boydas Rooney.
Awards and nominations
Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play
* 1976 New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best American Play;Nnominations
Tony Award for Best Play
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