Memorable Lines From Clifford Odets' Classic Play Rocket to the Moon

March 17, 2015 6:08 PM

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Have you ever discovered a great piece of art, dress or writing from the past that is so great it continues to resonate so deeply? Take Clifford Odets' play Rocket to the Moon. Although it first premiered back in 1938, many of the themes of the Depression-era drama feel completely timeless. In fact, this spectacular drama, which is not often performed, is currently playing at Theatre at St. Clements in New York City. In Rocket to the Moon, Ben Stark is a dentist who is stuck in an unhappy marriage and a stagnant dental practice. He longs for more passion and joy in his life and career (his proverbial rocket to the moon), but is he willing to change his life and take risks for his dreams?

Clifford Odets, a great playwright, screenwriter, and director, was known for writing dramas about working class people and their very human struggle to be happy, and feel special and accomplished -- especially during the Great Depression. His plays, like Golden Boy, Awake and Sing!, The Country Gir...

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