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Aphrodisiac - Full Length Play, Drama

Aphrodisiac

Rob Handel

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Full Length Play, Drama

1m, 2f

ISBN: 9780573698903

Congressman Dan Ferris is being questioned about the disappearance of intern Ilona Waxman. Sound awkward? Imagine if he was your dad...


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Description

Full Length Play

Drama

Mystery/Thriller

90 minutes

Time Period - Contemporary, New Millennium/21st Century

Settings Of Play - Washington, D.C. and New York City, early Summer 2001 and early Summer 2002.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

No intermission

Unit Set/Multiple Settings

CAUTIONS

Strong Language, Mild Adult Themes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult

PERFORMANCE GROUP

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

Congressman Dan Ferris is being questioned about the disappearance of intern Ilona Waxman. Sound awkward? Imagine if he was your dad. When Congressman Ferris's response puts his children in an even more awkward position, they search for the truth by improvising a drama of loyalty, seduction, and betrayal. Until Monica Lewinsky interrupts...
"A genuine thrill ride. As dizzying as a Nabokov-written episode of The West Wing." - The New York Sun

"Handel intelligently weaves together the threads of the story, and the characters shift voices and perspectives with little or no advanced warning...This lends much of the dialogue a witty, unpredictable texture..." - talkinbroadway.com

"A cynical black comedy that's bathed in a kind of playfulness." - Denver Post

Originally produced in New York City by 13P, January 2005.
Subsequently produced by Long Wharf Theatre, December 7, 2005.
Characters

CASTING

1m, 2f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Ensemble cast, Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle), Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

CHORUS SIZE

N/A (Not a musical)

ALMA
AVERY
MONICA
Rental Materials

MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

Author
Rob Handel

Rob Handel

Rob Handel was a founding member of the playwrights’ collective 13P, which won four Obie Awards, and heads the dramatic writing program at Carnegie Mellon University. Recently, he wrote the libretti for a cycle of mini-operas produced by Opera Theater Summerfest via a commissioning grant from Opera America. His latest play, A MAZE, has been produced by New York Stage and Film, Rorschach Theatre (D ... view full profile

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Joel Repman 4/21/2013 3:24 PM
Most of us live our lives avoiding danger of any kind.  We have "normal" lives, never straying too far toward the dark places of the soul where we might lose control.  Is this why we have a fascination with trauma?  Right now people are re-enacting the Civil War.  Why do we do this?  To work through our feelings of guilt?  To put ourselves in a situation we can't quite comprehend so that, maybe, by living through it in facsimile, we can understand what others went through and decisions they made?  All of the above?
If trauma keeps happening to you then, you might get obsessed with it.  For the siblings in Aphrodisiac, this is their dilemma. Products of emotionally and physically distant parents, they only have each other when dealing with their Congressman father's mistakes; and this time it's a big one.  So they resort to "playing" their parents.  Creating a history out of what they know, what they think they know and right out of the thin air.  It's sad and it becomes very dark and even dangerous.
The play is also a reminder of the toll scandal takes on the innocent bystanders, the friends and family.  We forget about them, their faces aren't constantly on television.  This leads us to the plays greatest weakness, a parallel to a recent president's transgression and its aftermath.  It comes off heavy-handed and unnecessary.
The conclusion rights the ship.  What we are left with at plays end are two people no closer to answers and whose fantasies are getting ominously close to reality.  Some things are better left never understood.

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