Awake and Sing!

Awake And Sing!

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Awake and Sing! is a drama written by American playwright Clifford Odets. The play was initially produced by The Group Theatre in 1935.

Summary and characters

The play is set in The Bronx in 1933; it concerns the impoverished Berger family and their conflicts as the parents scheme to manipulate their children's relationships to their own ends, while their children strive for their own dreams.

  • Myron Berger - the father of the family
  • Bessie Berger - his wife
  • Hennie Berger - their daughter, age 26
  • Ralph Berger - their son, age 22
  • Uncle Morty - Bessie's brother, a successful businessman
  • Jacob - father of Bessie and Morty; a Marxist; he lives with the Bergers
  • Moe Axelrod - a friend of the family who eventually boards with the Bergers
  • Sam Feinschreiber - an immigrant who courts Hennie
  • Schlosser - the janitor in the Bergers' apartment building


The play premiered on Broadway at the Belasco Theatre on February 19, 1935, running for 184 performances before closing on July 27, 1935; it returned two months later on September 9 for an additional 24 performances through September 28, 1935. Directed by Harold Clurman, the cast starred Luther Adler (Moe Axelrod), Stella Adler (Bessie Berger), Morris Carnovsky (Jacob), John Garfield (Ralph Berger) and Sanford Meisner (Sam Feinschreiber).

It was revived off-Broadway in 1970, 1979, 1993, and 1995. It was revived on Broadway in 1938, 1939, 1984, and 2006.

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