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End of the Day, The - Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

End of the Day, The

Jon Robin Baitz

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Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

4m, 2f

ISBN: 9780573693878

Apathy and greed fill this comedy that follows Graydon Massey, a doctor turned con-man that ditches his practice. He learns the hard way that the winners of this world are the ones who constantly reinvent themselves to make it.

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Description

Full Length Play

Dramatic Comedy

Time Period - 1990s, 1980s

Settings Of Play - Various places between 1986 and 1992.
The Massey-Kitterson Home, London
The verandah overlooking Belgrave Square
San Cristobal Clinic, San Pedro
Los Angeles Museum of Art

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Interior Set, Unit Set/Multiple Settings

CAUTIONS

Drugs, Mild Adult Themes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

From Off-Broadway

This comic foray into greed and indifference stars a dissipated expatriate British doctor turned hustler in Los Angeles. When the cad abandons his Beverly Hills practice and rich wife, his former father-in-law, a gangster, demands repayment of the hefty sum spent to educate and set him up in his practice. He traipses off to London to beg from his estranged family. The doctor eventually ties the evils of his worlds into one smashingly corrupt con that entangles international shipping, a movie studio, a priceless Stubbs canvas, a cocaine network, and a beneficent foundation. The playwright's comic net ensnares Los Angeles and London, health care, the mob, the film and the art worlds, disillusioned lefties, lost fathers, loveless mothers, disposable wives, and the selfishly charitable in his hilarious portrayal of a hapless world.


REVIEWS

"Bleak yet hilarious...A field day for actors." - The New York Times, Read More

"Even funnier [than] Substance of Fire...A joy to behold." - Wall Street Journal

"Raucous." - New York Newsday


The End of the Day premiered at Playwrights Horizons in New York City in April of 1992 under the direction of  Mark Lamos.

Characters

CASTING

4m, 2f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)

CASTING NOTES

The doubling of roles, as described in the character descriptions, is a deliberate and important part of the play.

GRAYDON MASSEY / STERLING GRAYDON
JONATHON TOFFLER / YOUNG GRAYDON
HILTON LASKER / SWIFTY, LORD KITTERSON
HELEN LASKER-MASSEY / LADY HAMMERSMITH-URBAINE-SUPTON-STOAT
JEREMIAH MARTON / TELLMAN THE BUTLER
ROSAMUND BRACKETT / JOCELYN MASSEY


Author
Jon Robin  Baitz

Jon Robin Baitz

Jon Robin Baitz's plays include The Film Society, The Substance of Fire, Three Hotels, A Fair Country, Ten Unknowns, Mizlansky/Zilinsky, a new version of Ibsen's Hedda Gabler which was produced on Broadway in 2001, and The Paris Letter. He is the creator of the hit ABC TV show Brothers & Sisters, which he also executive produced for the first two seasons. He is currently writing and executive ... view full profile

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