Full Length Play
Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century
Settings Of Play - The family room.
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
RECOGNITION / AWARDS
WINNER! 2014 Lucille Lortel Award - Outstanding Play
WINNER! 2014 Obie Award - Playwrighting (Will Eno) & Direction (Oliver Butler)
WINNER! 2014 Drama Desk Special Award
People have been born into families since people started getting born at all. Playwrights have been trying to write Family Plays for a long time, too. And typically these plays try to answer endlessly complicated questions of blood and duty and inheritance and responsibility. They try to answer the question, "Can things really change?" People have been trying nobly for years and years to have plays solve in two hours what hasn't been solved in many lifetimes. This has to stop.
"Mr. Eno...has established himself as one of the most vital, distinctive voices in the American theater over the past decade. Once encountered, his style is not likely to be forgotten: Wryly humorous and deeply engaged in the odd kinks and quirks of language and its fuzzy relationship to meaning, his plays are also infused with a haunted awareness of, and a sorrowful compassion for, the fundamental solitude of existence." - The New York Times, Read More
"FOUR STARS! Will Eno's play about family dysfunction has plenty of wit and insight." - New York Daily News, Read More
"The Open House is a play you feel as much as intellectualize. And the feeling is rather haunting." - NorthJersey.com, Read More
"[Will Eno's] work combines studied banality, sneaky weirdness and formal ingenuity. His deadpan allegory The Open House surveys the petty animosities and deadening routines of a suburban everyclan" - Time Out New York, Read More
Check out these photos from Signature Theatre's production of The Open House in February 2014.
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The Open House premiered in New York City at the Signature Theatre in February of 2014, under the direction of Oliver Butler.