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Secretaries, The - Full Length Play, Dark Comedy

Secretaries, The

Maureen Angelos, Lisa Kron, Babs Davy, Dominique Dibbell, Peg Healey

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Full Length Play, Dark Comedy

5f

ISBN: 9780573697012

"The Secretaries is a sustained, amusing look at the fine line between aggression and assertiveness." – The New Yorker

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Minimum Fee: $75 per performance


Description

Full Length Play

Dark Comedy

105 Minutes

Time Period - 1990s

Settings Of Play - The play takes place in and around the town of Big Bone, Oregon. Some time before Windows ’95.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

CAUTIONS

Alcohol, Strong Language, Mild Adult Themes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Professional Theatre, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

From Off-Broadway

Something's rotten in Big Bone! Pretty Patty Johnson is thrilled to join the secretarial pool at the Cooney Lumber Mill under the iron-fisted leadership of sultry office manager Susan Curtis. But she soon begins to feel that all is not right—the enforced diet of Slim-Fast shakes, the strange clicking language between the girls, the monthly disappearance of a lumberjack. By the time Patty discovers murder is part of these office killers' skill set, it's too late to turn back! In the guise of satiric exploitation-horror, The Secretaries takes an unflinching look at the warping cultural expectations of femininity.

REVIEWS

"The Secretaries is a sustained, amusing look at the fine line between aggression and assertiveness. – The New Yorker

"The Five Lesbian Brothers render their satirical portraits with a deft but merciless eye." –The Los Angeles Times

"95 minutes of gritty, bawdy, bloody humor pregnant with incisive social commentary." – San Francisco Examiner

"A mordantly cheerful slice of Grand Guignol." – The New York Times


The Secretaries premiered at the WOW Cafe in New York City in December 1993 under the direction of Kate Stafford.

Characters

CASTING

5f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

All Female, Expandable casting

DAWN MIDNIGHT – office lesbian.
ASHLEY ELIZABETH FRATANGELO – Susan’s sycophant, bulimic.
PATTY JOHNSON – the new girl.
SUSAN CURTIS – offi ce manager/cult leader.
PEACHES MARTIN – sweet, clueless, slow-moving target.
BUZZ BENIKEE – sensitive lumberjack.
HANK AND SANDY – sexually harassing lumberjacks (slow).
MR. RON KEMBUNKSCHER – the boss.
Videos
  • About Face Theatre's scene 1 from The Secretaries

  • About Face Theatre's scene 2 from The Secretaries

Author(s)
Lisa Kron

Lisa Kron

Lisa Kron is a writer and performer whose work has been widely produced in New York, regionally, and internationally. Her plays include Well, 2.5 Minute Ride, and The Ver**zon Play. She wrote the book and lyrics for the musical Fun Home (with music by composer Jeanine Tesori), winner of five 2015 Tony Awards including Best Musical. Lisa and Jeanine were the first all-woman team to ever receive a ... view full profile

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