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When Is A Clock - Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

When Is A Clock

Matthew Freeman

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Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

5m, 3f

ISBN: 9780573670190

When Gordon's wife vanishes, the only clue to her whereabouts is a bookmark in dog-eared copy of Traveling to Montpelier. With little help to be found at work, from his son, or from the police, Gordon takes off to a rural bookstore to find some answers. At turns both scathingly funny and disturbingly compelling, When Is A Clock features Freeman's celebrated deconstruction of American culture - which has been called "nonviolent, though as savage as any slasher film" by the New York Times.

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Description

Full Length Play

Dramatic Comedy

Mystery/Thriller

90 minutes

Time Period - Present Day

Settings Of Play - Various settings throughout Pennsylvania.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Monologues, Scene work, Competition or audition material

Unit Set/Multiple Settings

CAUTIONS

Strong Language, Mild Adult Themes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Professional Theatre, Reader's Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

When Gordon's wife vanishes, the only clue to her whereabouts is a bookmark in dog-eared copy of Traveling to Montpelier. With little help to be found at work, from his son, or from the police, Gordon takes off to a rural bookstore to find some answers. His journey brings him to the town of Cornersville, in the wilds of Pennsylvania. Through a fractured narrative that is half-mystery and half-memory, we learn about Gordon's marriage, his relationship with his son, his work-life and his wife's bizarre entanglements with a mysterious stranger. We learn, too, about the nature of the landscape unique to the play: a magical universe with physics and laws that can both free the characters from their own stifling identities, and trap them as well. Synchronicity, dreams, and alchemy combine in this exploration of what it means to be able to – and unable to – change. At turns both scathingly funny and disturbingly compelling, When Is A Clock features Freeman's celebrated deconstruction of American culture - which has been called "nonviolent, though as savage as any slasher film" by the New York Times.


REVIEWS:

"There s a monologue that deserves to be enshrined in some kind of hall of fame: it's savvy and preposterous and utterly original...appealingly abnormal..." - Neil Genzlinger, The New York Times


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Whodunnit: Writing WHEN IS A CLOCK
by Matthew Freeman
September 4, 2013


2008 - Access Theater - Blue Coyote Theater Group

Characters

CASTING

5m, 3f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)

CHORUS SIZE

N/A (Not a musical)

GORDON - a middle aged man
BRONWYN - a middle aged woman
ALEX - Gordon and Bronwyn's son
SEAN - who owns a bookstore in Cornersville
CAROLINE - a co-worker of Gordon's
COP - a Cop
LUCY - a young woman
CALDWELL -a co-worker of Gordon's
Rental Materials

MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

Author
Matthew Freeman

Matthew Freeman

Matthew Freeman's plays have been seen on stages throughout New York City: at the Access Theater, The Brick Theater in Williamsburg, Brooklyn; HERE Arts Center; The Metropolitan Playhouse, Fourth Street Theater and at the Incubator Arts Project at St. Mark’s Church. His work has been published by Samuel French, Smith & Kraus, the New York Theatre Experience and Playscripts, Inc. His plays include ... view full profile

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Matthew Trumbull 7/1/2013 9:35 AM
I was also involved as an actor in the original production of this play in New York City.   I loved its razor wit, but was also fascinated as the antihero main character struggles against the creepy limits of reason and logic in this world.  There is great stuff to play in every scene for every actor in this show, and an unusual love story that still feels very true and relatable.  The audience will leave with an emotional response to the end, but their minds will grapple with the idea of magic, small town distrust, infidelity, passive parenting, and dreams.  
David DelGrosso 6/26/2013 8:48 PM
I should start by saying that I had the pleasure of being in the original production of When Is a Clock? when it premiered in New York City.  And so my recommendation is from the point of view of having had the opportunity to play one of these parts, and be a part of a great cast that, I believe, really enjoyed introducing this play.

To stick with the actor's point of view for a moment, that is one of the first things that comes to mind about the play- there are a lot of great parts in it, roles that let actors of different ages and types shine.  Even the smallest roles have something funny or interesting to say.  And the larger roles to carry a lot of direct address storytelling as well as great scenes.  There are some really, really great monologues in this.  Emotional and vivid.  The NY Times even said (and leave it to an actor to quote a review) that one of the speeches in the play should be 'enshrined in a hall of fame for monologues'.  

I won't give away too much of the story of the play, as I think it is better to discover it when you read it.  Simply put- a man's wife has he and their son without explanation, and the further he follows her trail into the wilds of rural Pennsylvania, the stranger the explanations of where his wife could have gone become.  The play is grounded in a very real, human scale characters at first.  A marriage that you believe.  In that way, it reminds me more of a noir mystery than, say, a detective story.  Gordon is not some streetwise tough guy.  He is a man looking for his wife, and soon getting lost.  

It is a great play.  Readable, and producible.  It is one of the things I have been most proud to be a part of.  You should check it out.  Thanks for considering this review.

- David D.
Kyle Ancowitz 6/26/2013 8:58 AM

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