Set in England during the Blitz, a number of struggling individuals and families come to terms with war and the horrors and tragedies it provides.
"As a dramatic evening of theater, Front by Robert Caisley proved to be a huge success with out HS cast and our audience. Set during the London blitz, and focusing mainly on the women left behind during WWII, the play provides wonderful opportunities for character development. Moving, without being sentimental, the play explores the horrors, ambivalence, confusion and humor that people face when confronted with war on their own turf. We doubled roles out of necessity, so actors portrayed multiple characters; and students researched the time period thoroughly. Perhaps one of the best "characters" in our production was the incredibly realistic set we built. The irony of trying to continue a daily routine amidst total chaos and rubble helped make the production a visual stunner. I highly recommend this play to all HS theater departments."Laura Hicks, Theater Department, Poughkeepsie Day School
"I think it is a great piece for high school, colleges, community theaters in that it gives opportunities for female actors. It explores a part of World War II that we don't often see portrayed."April Olt, Grandview HS
"The shoe was fantastic... my family members, colleagues and students were moved to tears (especially with the 'Interviews with the Dead' scene, but also the final monologues of Joan and Judith.)"Doug Grove, Lower Dauphin School District
Front premiered at Illinois Wesleyan University School of Theatre in April of 1995. The production was directed by Lori Adams. Front in its current version was produced by the University of Idaho Department of Theatre in October of 2002. It was directed by the author.
Set in England during the Blitz, a number of struggling individuals and families come to terms with war and the horrors and tragedies it provides. This includes Judith, a proud matriarch, who works in a factory that makes bomb detonators, her missing husband, Frank, and their two children, Sheila and John, who are forced to grow up much too quickly. A number of other war-torn individuals are also profiled, each butting heads with the raging war.A poignant account of female perseverance, Front is appropriate for all audiences.