A Strange Disappearance of Bees
Anna Townes and Gretchen Douma in a scene from the Driftwood Players production of A Strange Disappearance of Bees
Author: Elena Hartwell
Description: Five characters search for identity while bees disappear all around them.
First Produced: 2010
Date Added: 10/27/2011
Content Advisory: Appropriate for children over 14
Keywords: Drama · Romance · Tearjerker · Single Set · Grief and Mourning · War · Families
2 Acts, 120 Minutes
2 Females, 3 Males
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Original Production Information
A Strange Disappearance of Bees was first presented in 2010 by the Detroit Repertory Theatre with the following cast and credits:
Beekeeper: Milfordean Luster
Lissa: Kelly Komlen
Callum: Stephen Blackwell
Robert: Scott V. Norman
Cashman: Dexter T. Mays
Artistic Director: Bruce E. Millan
Director: Hank Bennett
Stage Manager: Seth Amadei
Set Design: Harry Wetzel
Light Design: Thomas Schraeder
Costume Design: Judy Dery
Sound Design: Burr Huntington
Review by John Quinn in Encore Michigan (2012)
The Detroit Repertory Theatre opens its 53rd season with the world premiere of Elena Hartwell's A Strange Disappearance of Bees, an engaging tale about the complexities of romance. Read the review.
Review by J. Peter Bergman in edgephiladelphia.com (2013)
The premise of promise is at the core of Elena Hartwell’s play, "A Strange Disappearance of Bees,"... Read the review.
Review by Telly Halkias in The Advocate (2013)
Playwright Elena Hartwell got the idea for her play "A Strange Disappearance of Bees," when her own life once crumbled around her. She linked that experience to the trials of beekeeping and the attrition of bee populations worldwide. Read the review.
Review by Gail M. Burns and Larry Murray in Berkshire on Stage (2013)
Without question, A Strange Disappearance of Bees has to be one of the best original plays I’ve seen in a long time. Read the review.
Review by Stephanie L. Ryan in North Adams Transcript (2013)
In Oldcastle Theatre Company's latest production, honey bees are disappearing, and five people are working out exactly where they fit in the world. Read the review.
Excerpt from A Strange Disappearance of Bees
BEEKEEPER and CASHMAN are in the bakery. CASHMAN wears a backpack and carries a large bag.
What’s in the bag?
Just some stuff I’m taking with me. To show my son.
Can I look?
She pulls out a case for a purple heart. She opens the case and looks at the medal.
Your purple heart?
Yeah. Something wrong with that?
No. It’s just a surprise.
You never talk about your medals.
She pulls out other cases, other medals. He has several.
Are they all in here?
What else have I done to make a boy proud?
You have been a lot more than a soldier.
Well you are a great lay.
That’s not really what I want to tell my twelve-year-old.
Why not tell him about this place?
Tell him about your bees. How you make your own honey.
It’s just a hobby.
It’s more than that.
She puts the medals back into the bag.
You don’t have to start with the war.
We are defined by what we do, right?
You don’t do that anymore.
It’s how I know his mother.
I’m sure his mother has told him all about the war. He doesn’t need to hear it from you.