A Heartbreaking Comedy
"a moving period drama about emotional abandonment. The solid performances by all the actors really made a witty and deep piece work on many levels." Case Aiken, nytheatre.com
(From the recent HOWL! Festival production at Theatre 80, Directed by Enrico Maria Lamanna)
The Critics Rave
“...unsettling, funny, poignant... Caudle’s writing is full of humor, compassion, keen observation and period-perfect language...” -The Miami Herald
“...sharp period piece... blistering family drama... The Sunken Living Room is a drama with much to say about growing up too soon in a world that’s moving too fast.” -Sun Sentinel“
"delicious drama.” -Miami ArtZine“
David Caudle’s new play… is a rarity: a realistic, linear comedy-drama that holds and entertains its audience with an authentic slice of dysfunctional family life. …funny, touching and disturbing, …dramatically buoyant theatre.” -Times-Picayune
Named BEST DRAMA by the Miami Sun Post
"When the stormy drama with a stormy history finally opened in April, audiences were treated to a gem...With seamless direction by Southern Rep's Ryan Rilette, a magnificent cast and an appropriately garish set by Jesse Dreikosen reflecting the decor of the Me Decade, The Sunken Living Room marked a theatrical high point of the last season and tagged Caudle as a playwright to watch." - Miami Sun Post
"a funny and revealing play about teens in crisis, and a wonderful source of material for young actors." The Drama Bookshop, New York City
"The Sunken Living Room... is a funny and revealing play about teens in crisis, and a wonderful source of material for young actors.
Cast: 3 TEENS (2M, 1F) and 1 ADULT (Wade and Chip's Mom)
Scenes/Monologues: Both for teenagers, male and female.
Recommended by: Stu
Winner, Ambie Award--Best Original Work, (New Orleans) Southern Rep Production
Winner, Southern New Plays Festival
Gold Medal Finalist, Pinter Review Prize for Drama
Carbonell Nominee-- Best New Play, (Miami) New Theatre Production
Finalist, Lark Playwrights Week
Taught as part of curriculum at Montclair State University, with a guest lecture by David Caudle, 2010.
Scenes/Monologues performed frequently in classes, end-of-year showcases nationwide. Recent sightings at Rutgers, Point Park, etc.