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Smudge - Full Length Play, Dark Comedy

Smudge

Rachel Axler

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Full Length Play, Dark Comedy

2m, 1f

ISBN: 9780573698248

"For signs of intelligent life in the theatrical universe, I hereby refer you to Smudge, Rachel Axler's pitch-black comedy." - Marilyn Stasio, Variety


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Minimum Fee: $75 per performance


Description

Full Length Play

Dark Comedy

90 minutes

Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century

Settings Of Play - A hospital room and Colby and Nicholas's apartment. 

FEATURES / CONTAINS

No intermission, Special Effects

Interior Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

CAUTIONS

Intense Adult Themes, Strong Language

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Professional Theatre, Reader's Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

From Off-Broadway

A dark comedy about the changing face of the American family and the limits of love and cheesecake, as a hopeful young couple gives birth to a smudge, written by two-time Emmy Award winner Rachel Axler.
"Ms. Axler has a comic’s gift for language that is precise and imaginative, but never showy... What gives the play its charge is how Ms. Axler taps into a primal fear — giving birth to a monster — and then calmly considers it from all angles." - The New York Times, Read More

"For signs of intelligent life in the theatrical universe, I hereby refer you to 'Smudge,' Rachel Axler’s pitch-black comedy about a young couple reacting to the birth of a severely deformed child." - Variety, Read More

"Rachel Axler, an acclaimed television comedy writer, is...spread[ing] her creative wings with 'Smudge.' She takes a dark subject, immediately places her three characters in extremis, and asks us to watch what happens. There is a distinctly ambitious imagination at work here" - Backstage
Smudge premiered at The Women's Project in 2010 under the direction of Pam McKinnon. 
Characters

CASTING

2m, 1f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

COLBY - Late twenties. Female. Married to Nick.
NICHOLAS - Late twenties. Male. Married to Colby.
PETE - Mid-thirties. Male. Nick’s older brother.
Rental Materials

MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

Videos
  • Smudge

Author
Rachel Axler

Rachel Axler

Rachel's critically acclaimed play, SMUDGE, directed by Pam MacKinnon, premiered at Women's Project. Her play ARCHAEOLOGY premiered at Kitchen Theatre in April 2009. Other plays include THE WEIGHT OF PAPER and DISAPPEARANCE CONUNDRUM. Her plays have been produced by Vital Theatre Company, Lookingglass Theatre, Spring TheatreWorks, NY Int'l Fringe Festival, Brooklyn Rep and Cal Arts University. ... view full profile

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