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H2O - Full Length Play, Drama


Jane Martin

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Full Length Play, Drama

1m, 1f

ISBN: 9780573703027

After arriving to the City of Angels, an aimless young man catapults to movie stardom and into Hollywood's sleazy celebrity culture. Banking on his fame (and name), he is soon selected to appear on Broadway in Hamlet...

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Full Length Play


90 minutes

Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day

Settings Of Play - The play takes place on an open stage against a cyc. All the plays action takes place in New York City.


No intermission

Bare Stage/Simple Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes




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

After arriving to the City of Angels, an aimless young man catapults to movie stardom and into Hollywood's sleazy celebrity culture. Banking on his fame (and name), he is soon selected to appear on Broadway in Hamlet. Given full casting approval, he embarks to New York City to seek out his Ophelia and encounters his muse and his match —a young evangelical Christian woman set on getting the role…and saving his life. Originally produced at the Contemporary American Theatre Festival in 2013, H2O transports audiences into the reclusive, madcap world of Jane Martin's drama/comedy/love story about self-destruction, notoriety, and the dark journey to purity and salvation. 
"At turns powerful, tragic, romantic, amoral, unself-conscious and self-obsessed, this complex one-act drama and its two passionate yet oddly distant characters tumble down through the circles of a Dantesque, or perhaps even an existential hell without ever quite grasping the reasons why...This play is so moving and effective, so completely and entirely unforgettable." - Washington Times

"It will leave you dealing not only with your feelings about the characters, but also reconsidering art, life, and The Meaning of It All." - Broadwayworld.com 

“Yes, H2O is a masterpiece and will surely be performed, difficult as it is, throughout the Christian/Hollywood world ... Martin’s H2O embodies America and its Culture War in the 21st century.  In fact, H2O is this nation’s Culture War writ large, or should I say small, lying embedded in its two-person sadomasochistic love triage.  Who will live and who will die?  And can one survive without the other?" - MD Theatre Guide 
H20 was commissioned by and premiered at the Contemporary American Theatre Festival in West Virginia, in 2013. 


1m, 1f

JAKE - (30 - 40) a young movie star
DEBORAH - (25 - 30) a young evangelical Christian woman

Jane Martin

Jane Martin, a Kentuckian, first came to national attention for Talking With, a collection of monologues premiering in Actors Theatre of Louisville’s 1982 Humana Festival of New American Plays. Since its New York premiere at Manhattan Theatre Club in 1982, Talking With has been performed around the world, winning the Best Foreign Play of the Year Award in Germany from Theatre Heute magazine. Her ... view full profile

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Jeffrey Albright 9/18/2014 9:55 AM
'Rick Gray 9/5/2014 3:15 PM
Having read this script and seen it in production over a two-day period, I find myself talking about little else - at least among my theatrical friends.  H2O provides a balanced confrontation between the world-views of its two characters - a sincerely compassionate, devoutly Christian, struggling actress and a deeply cynical, self-destructive - but somehow charming - action movie star.   But the stakes are far higher than a mere clash of ideas.  Jake's life, and Deborah's calling, are at risk as this mismatched pair commit to playing opposite each other in the limited run of Hamlet which is to establish Jake as a legitimate actor.  As they become involved in each other's lives, there might even be love.  

H2O is the latest evidence of the unfathomable abundance of Shakespeare's "Hamlet'.  Here, in a brilliant re-imagining of the Hamlet-Ophelia story, we can focus on 21st century issues, while recognizing the shades of old friends.  H2O is fast-paced, savage, funny, and ultimately, devastatingly, tragic.  It is bound to become one of the most-produced plays of 2014.

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