Full Length Play
120 minutes (2 hours)
Time Period - Contemporary
Settings Of Play -
There are three small playing areas. At center is Sophia’s tiny basement studio apartment. It has a kitchenette and a sleeper-sofa. She’s been painting so the walls are mostly bare. On both sides of the studio set are areas that represent the offices of Hibarger Corporation. On one side is Phil’s pathetic office cubicle, on the other the stark employee break room – not much more than a table with a coffee machine.
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Interior Set, Unit Set/Multiple Settings
Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
No Special Cautions
Adult, Senior, Teen (Age 14 - 18)
High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
RECOGNITION / AWARDS
HotCity Theatre’s GreenHouse New Play Festival
Winner! HotCity Theatre GreenHouse New Play Festival
Phil in accounting is lovesick for Sophia, the boss’s secretary. There’s only one problem - she’s completely unaware of his existence. Phil’s best friend Norman informs him that he hasn’t got a chance with the beautiful Sophia because she’s dating the boss and besides, he’s not in her league.
Phil gets up the nerve to say hello but Sophia acts as if he doesn’t exist. Norman tells the humiliated Phil that it’s not a big loss because the rumor around the office is that Sophia’s right eye is made of glass. This news thrills Phil because this tiny imperfection makes Sophia attainable! But more, Phil was standing to her left - perhaps she never saw him! Phil begs Norman to make a formal introduction. However, this second attempt ends in utter failure when Sophia looks right through Phil - again.
His self-esteem in shambles, Phil goes to Sophia’s apartment to confront her. But before he can knock, she steps out, empties the garbage, walks past him and slams the door in his face. Phil flies into a rage. He softens when he hears crying coming from within, and he enters Sophia’s apartment to comfort her. Soon it occurs to him that Sophia in fact cannot see him. Perhaps he is caught in some kind of hyperspace or dualistic reality or perhaps Descartes was wrong!
Phil decides there is only one logical thing to do – he moves in with the woman of his dreams – despite the fact that she’s unaware of his existence.
"Rocking with laughter...hilarious...polished and engaging work draws heavily on the age-old conventions of farce: improbable situations, exaggerated characters, amazing coincidences, absurd misunderstandings, people hiding in closets and barely missing each other as they run in and out of doors...full of comic momentum as Cockeyed hurtles toward its conclusion." - Talkin' Broadway
"A Clever romantic comedy" St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Hilarious," Talkin' Broadway
"Fresh and invigorating." Playback Magazine
Orginally produced at the Hot City Theatre in St. Louis
Finalist at the Ashland New Play Festival (One of eleven finalists out of 170 scripts) and winner of the Greenhouse Festival of New Work (1st place out of 300) at the HotCity Theatre in St. Louis.