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Big Slide

“Big Slide,” by James Howard Kunstler, is a three-act play set in the autumn of an unspecified near-future year, at an Adirondack “great camp” where three generations of the Freeman family have taken refuge from New York and Boston during a severe national political maelstrom. We are never fully apprised of the exact nature of this event, but it appears to involve a coup d’etat in the White House and the uprising of local militias all over the nation in response. The estate at Big Slide is isolated from these events, but news dribbles in by radio. The electricity has stopped working and law enforcement seems to have been suspended, making it dangerous to travel even to the nearest town for food and necessities. The thirteen members of the family, ranging from the dying patriarch, Clifford Freeman, to his grown children and their spouses, to the two teenage step-siblings, Raven and Zach, struggle to work out how they will organize themselves for survival in the months ahead against a background of old and deep personal grievances with each other.



James Howard Kunstler. Photo by Cal Crary.

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Listen to Big Slide Staged Reading

Staged reading of “Big Slide” at the MUCCC, Rochester NY. Photos by Carl Pultz.

“Big Slide” was first performed as a staged reading on January 9, 2010 in Rochester, NY, as part of the Multi-use Community Cultural Center’s American Playwright series. http://muccc.org

To listen to a recording of that performance, click the play buttons to the right or listen via iTunes or Zune. (Please see availability notes* to learn when these recordings will be released.)

Big Slide Act 1 (64 Mins.)

Big Slide Acts 2 & 3 (57 Mins.)

Big Slide Q & A with JHK (20 Mins)

These recordings first aired on The KunstlerCast, a weekly podcast featuring James Howard Kunstler.

Enquire about Performing Big Slide

To enquire about performing “Big Slide,” contact the author:

James Howard Kunstler
PO Box 193
Saratoga Springs NY 12866 USA

Phone: (518) 581-1876
Email: jhkunstler@mac.com

E-Book Production and Oversight Credit

Production and oversight of the Big Slide e-book is by Duncan Crary Communications.