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Out of Sterno - Full Length Play, Comedy

Out of Sterno

Deborah Zoe Laufer

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Full Length Play, Comedy

2m, 2f

ISBN: 9780573663574

Out of Sterno is a coming-of-age play in an Alice in Wonderland world. It explores the triumph and heartbreak of growing up and the contradictory societal pressures women face just trying to make it across town.

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Description

Full Length Play

Comedy

90 minutes

Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day

Settings Of Play - The play takes place in various locations in Sterno, a small town somewhere in America.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

CAUTIONS

Strong Language, Mild Adult Themes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult

PERFORMANCE GROUP

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

Dotty's life in Sterno with her husband Hamel is absolutely perfect! It's a fairy tale, it really is. True, in their seven years of marriage Hamel has forbidden her to leave their tiny apartment or speak to anyone, but Dotty is so very happy to spend her days watching video re-enactments of the day they first met. When a phone call from a mysterious woman threatens to tear her world asunder, Dotty must venture out into the vast city of Sterno, and try to discover what it is to be a "real" woman. Out of Sterno is a coming-of-age play in an Alice in Wonderland world. It explores the triumph and heartbreak of growing up and the contradictory societal pressures women face just trying to make it across town.

REVIEWS

"You can enjoy Out of Sterno for its cheerfully non-doctrinaire tale of feminist awakening. You can also enjoy the show for its Crayola/Hello Kitty/Maira Kalman cartoon exuberance. But, like Dotty, you don’t have to accept any false choices — you can enjoy it for both." - The Bollard, Read More 

"Out of Sterno is zippy, playful, savvy, and even, at times, delightfully lewd." - The Portland Phoenix, Read More 

"Out of Sterno, a play that is almost impossible not to like, combining qualities of a fairy tale and tall tale with those of a wacky comic strip adventure. The wickedly funny yet touching script by Deborah Zoe Laufer." - News OK, Read More


Check out these photos from the Gloucester Stage's production of Out of Sterno in July 2015.


Out of Sterno premiered at the Portland Stage Company in Portland, ME in March 2009 under the direction of Casey Stangl.

Characters

CASTING

2m, 2f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Reduced casting (Doubling Possible), Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

DOTTY - 23. Childlike and loving and hopeful, bursting with intense enthusiasm for everything. She refuses to think ill of anyone.
HAMEL - 30s-40s. Dotty’s thuggish husband. Very very very not smart. Loves his wife needs her for everything, but is prey to other urges. Much more stupefied than angry or threatening.
ZENA - 30s-40s The proprietress of Zena’s Beauty Emporium. Miss Triboro Area for two years running. Tough as nails. 
DAN - Magically transforms himself into every other character in the play, including:
DELIVERY MAN
TAXI DRIVER
WAITER
MRS. CUTHBERT
MRS. PEABODY
BARB
SALLIE MAE
MAN ON THE BUS
Videos
  • Gloucester Stage promo for Out of Sterno

Author
Deborah Zoe  Laufer

Deborah Zoe Laufer

Deborah Zoe Laufer’s plays have been produced at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Cleveland Playhouse, Geva Theatre Center, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, Portland Stage, and eighty other theaters around the country, in Germany, Russia and Canada. End Days was awarded The ATCA Steinberg citation and appeared at Ensemble Studio Theatre through an Alfred P. Sloan ... view full profile

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Reviews
Justin Pellis 5/9/2016 2:00 PM
After a friend of mine read this script, one of the things he mentioned to me was that he felt a little uncomfortable with the fact that the men in the script were quite obviously props to advance the story of the women in the play. My immediate response to him was, "So that's how it feels to have traditional gender roles reversed."

This show is a must for anyone looking for an out-of-the-box comedy that will leave the audience feeling uplifted by its messages about womanhood.

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