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4000 Miles - Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

4000 Miles

Amy Herzog

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Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

1m, 3f

ISBN: 9780573700378

Finalist! 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
#1 Play or Musical of 2012 - Time Magazine
"A funny, moving, altogether wonderful drama. . . A heartening reminder that a keen focus on life's small moments can pay off in a big way onstage." - The New York Times
"This well-observed gem deserves to be a hit." - The New York Post

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Minimum Fee: $100 per performance


Full Length Play

Dramatic Comedy

90 minutes

Time Period - Contemporary

Settings Of Play -

Single set - an apartment in Greenwich Village, NYC.


No intermission

Monologues, Scene work

Interior Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


Drugs, Strong Language, Mild Adult Themes, Smoking


Adult, Senior, Teen (Age 14 - 18)


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


Pulitzer, Obie, From Off-Broadway

Finalist! 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
Winner! 2012 Obie Award, Best New Play
Winner! 2012 New York Times Outstanding Playwright Award
Winner! Time Magazine's #1 Play or Musical of 2012

Amy Herzog is the 2011 recipient of the Whiting Award for Drama

After suffering a major loss while he was on a cross-country bike trip, 21 year-old Leo seeks solace from his feisty 91 year-old grandmother Vera in her West Village apartment. Over the course of a single month, these unlikely roommates infuriate, bewilder, and ultimately reach each other. 4000 MILES looks at how two outsiders find their way in today's world.


"A funny, moving, altogether wonderful drama. . . A heartening reminder that a keen focus on life's small moments can pay off in a big way onstage." - The New York Times, Read More Here

"This well-observed gem deserves to be a hit." - The New York Post, Read More Here

"Herzog’s....humor, honesty and narrative subtlety make this a rarity: a family play that avoids sentimentality or sitcom shtick" - Time MagazineRead More Here

"In 4000 Miles a warm-hearted new play by Amy Herzog, both love and irritability are woven into an illumination of the healing process after the loss of a loved one. The sensitive play [is] filled with small, revelatory and often humorous moments between a grandmother and her grandson." - Associated Press

"Amy Herzog's appealing new play, unfolds with the unassuming ease of conversations overheard, among people with complicated relationships." - BloombergRead More Here

"Amy Herzog['s] fine, deeply affecting dual character study... Although 4000 Miles makes one think of a first-rate novella, it is solidly theatrical. 4000 Miles is the sort of rich, satisfying play you should take your grandmother to — especially if she's as smart and fierce as Vera." - Time Out New YorkRead More Here

4000 Miles first opened at The Duke Theater in New York City on June 20, 2011, presented by Lincoln Center Theatre/LTC3, as a Steinberg New Works Program production, under the direction of Andre Bishop and Bernard Gersten, and Paige Evans, LCT3 Artistic Director. The director was Daniel Aukin. 4000 Miles moved to the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater in New York City, opening on April 2, 2012, presented by Lincoln Center Theatre, under the direction of Andre Bishop and Bernard Gersten. The director was Daniel Aukin.



1m, 3f


Multicultural casting, Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle), Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)


No Chorus

VERA JOSEPH – Ninety-one
BEC – Twenty-one
AMANDA – Nineteen, Chinese-American

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Amy Herzog

Amy Herzog

Amy Herzog’s plays include After the Revolution (Williamstown Theater Festival; Playwrights Horizons; Lilly Award), 4000 Miles (Lincoln Center; Obie Award for the Best New American Play, Pulitzer Prize Finalist), The Great God Pan (Playwrights Horizons), and Belleville (Yale Rep; New York Theatre Workshop; Susan Smith Blackburn Prize Finalist; Drama Desk Nomination). Amy is a recipient of the ... view full profile

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Scott Strasbaugh 2/7/2017 1:04 PM
Beautifully written play about the new relationship between a Grandmother (Vera) and her Grandson (Leo) who never spent time together before his bike trip from the West coast to Vera's apartment in New York.  She invite's Leo to stay with her, in hopes that he likes the city life and will want him to stay.  Truly adorable despite the huge age and generational gap but ultimately arriving at the conclusion that these two really might be good for each other. Vera would never admit that she could use the help she now needs due to being old, and Leo struggling with the tragedy that happened while on his bike journey.  Despite the tension that often arises from these two due to her losing her hearing, and memory, and him being young, and unknowing, the bond is real, and is a much deserved read by all lovers of drama involving the elderly and young (at heart).  
Jon Putzke 3/16/2016 8:35 AM
Dan Danielowski 11/24/2015 8:33 AM

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