BIG HILLS, SMALL MOUNTAINS
by David George
In the blink of an eye things are changing; cars replace wagons, television replaces newspapers, jet planes move us farther and farther away. Big Hills, Small Mountains, is a collection of fragmented conversations that happen in a small township of less than 49 square miles. It all takes place on May 12, 1974, between 2:03pm and 2:13pm, in the same moment for all of the characters, unbeknownst to them. The Big world will swallow the Small world of a township, not far from where you are now.
- Cast Size: 3M 3W
- Running Time: 90+ minutes
- Royalty Rate: $75 per performance
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About the Playwright
David is a writer, producer, and production designer. His plays include Rockin’, Break Away, Housecats, and Big Hills, Small Mountains. He and his wife Hyra co-produced Paul Stroili’s Straight Up With A Twist, Associate produced and Production Managed 2 tours for John Cleese, and Produced the National Tours of I Love Lucy, Live on Stage!. He was a long-time member of The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and was nominated for an Emmy Award in 1994 for Art Direction of Barbra Streisand’s broadcast of her world tour The Concert. He was also a faculty member of the Theatre Department at SUNY New Paltz for seven years teaching Lighting Design and Production in their BFA program.
Was lucky enough to take part in a staged reading in Chicago. Great monologues, rich characterizations, funny, poignant – a wonderful evening of theatre.
I had the good fortune of being involved in a staged reading of this work early in its process. Big Hills, Small Mountains is a wonderful collection of fascinating characters and stories. We’ve all been in a restaurant and heard a snippet of conversation that left us wishing we knew more. David has brought those moments to life with humor, depth, and skillful storytelling.
You will see people you know in in David George’s “Big Hills, Small Mountains,” and their stories will resonate no matter your age or background. The play creates a world on stage that feels protected while simultaneously at risk. There is a slow, sweet nostalgia balanced by a timeless sense of urgency in the face of inevitable change. This play celebrates life in a small town that’s shaped by big thoughts and dreams. Recommended reading for pleasure, text analysis, and character study. Open casting opportunities abound, and the staging and design elements seem unlimited in possibilities.
Quiet. Intimate. Funny. Heartfelt. Beautiful. Something for everyone. Would make an excellent directing project for both the beginner as well as the professional.