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Blame It On Beckett - Full Length Play, Comedy

Blame It On Beckett

John Morogiello

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Full Length Play, Comedy

2m, 2f

ISBN: 9780573700330

"A little gem of a comedy. Morogiello clearly knows his milieu. He even gives himself a glancing mention, as a persistent supplicant whose scripts Jim tosses straight in the trash. However, anyone who threw out Blame it on Beckett made a big mistake." - TheatreMania.com

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Description

Full Length Play

Comedy

Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Appropriate for all audiences

PERFORMANCE GROUP

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

Heidi Bishop is a wide-eyed dramaturgy intern, eager to better American drama. What she encounters instead is an endless stream of bad scripts by desperate playwrights and an office filled with cynicism and turf battles, led by her bitterly hilarious boss Jim Foley. When Heidi's efforts to improve things run into unintended consequences, she is forced to confront idealism with reality to save her career, reputation, and relationships.
"A little gem of a comedy. Morogiello clearly knows his milieu. He even gives himself a glancing mention, as a persistent supplicant whose scripts Jim tosses straight in the trash. However, anyone who threw out Blame it on Beckett made a big mistake. " - TheatreMania.com
Characters

CASTING

2m, 2f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

CHORUS SIZE

N/A (Not a musical)

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MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

Author
John Morogiello

John Morogiello

John Morogiello is a Playwright in Residence at the Maryland State Arts Council and a member of the Dramatists Guild. His romantic comedy Engaging Shaw has been produced at Old Globe Theatre, Abingdon Theatre Company, and Vienna's English Theatre in Austria, among other venues. Another comedy, Blame It On Beckett, has been seen in New York and L.A. at Abingdon Theatre Company and Colony Theatre ... view full profile

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Reviews
christopher herod 2/23/2016 8:07 AM
For the script being about a couple of dramaturges, I was skeptical at first. Once I got into the text I was submersed which humor that can only be funny if read and acted straight up. This is a great script and will direct this show!
Pattie Ziesig 8/3/2014 11:47 AM
Fabulous writing and show. Was the hit of our last season. Thanks John!
The Island Theater Company
Kati Frazier 5/12/2013 11:09 PM
“Blame It On Beckett” tackles the world of literary management and dramaturgy. It is a premise that seems incestuous; plays about the world of theatre can easily be inaccessible or full of in-jokes. “Blame It On Beckett” does a surprisingly good job of keeping the audience in mind. The average theatre-goer has little to no idea what a dramaturg is, but Heidi serves as an excellent entry-point character. Her experience makes the otherwise obscure job understandable, without dumbing down the ins and outs of the industry. Making this normal under-advertised world even more easily accessible to the audience is the fact that this is a story we know. A wide-eyed girl lands the entry-level job of her dreams, only to find herself becoming cynical and jaded as she learns what it takes to rise to the top.

Heidi’s professional goals are different from what we are used to seeing in this age-old story. Ultimately, that may be the only new thing “Blame It On Beckett” brings to the table. Snappy dialogue and charmingly brusque characters make this play a joy. But, “Blame It On Beckett” is far from breathing new life into this story; the final product is a humorous and well-constructed play that is clearly serving as a vehicle to point out the problems facing literary managers and dramaturges working in the modern American theatre.

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