Synopsis

I Knock at the Door

I Knock at the Door $12.99

Sean O'Casey adapted by Paul Shyre

Published by Dramatists Play Service

4 Male 2 Female

First of the six autobiographical volumes by Sean O'Casey

Six actors bring the sad, pithy boyhood of John Casside (O'Casey) into quick and sensitive focus

His strong, resigned mother, his impetuous, groping sister, the friends and enemies of his Dublin childhood, and Johnny himself are gems of truth and beauty

Throughout, balancing pathos with humor, an image of young Sean O'Casey is slowly unveiled

There is a ceaseless struggle between the doctor, who is treating the boy's painful cataracts, and the Protestant minister, who considers it more important for the boy to be at school; Johnny being caned by the sadistic schoolmaster; and the telling interactions with his loving mother

Through it all, the people of O'Casey's crowded youth come to life with superb vividness

Presented with great success on Broadway as a staged concert reading "The tenderness, the humor, the anguish and, above all, the poetry that sings from O'Casey's pages are being stunningly evoked" ~ NY Times

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