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Cape Disappointment - Full Length Play, Dark Comedy

Cape Disappointment

Hannah Bos, Paul Thureen, Oliver Butler

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Full Length Play, Dark Comedy

2m, 2f

ISBN: 9780573700453

Written by Hannah Bos and Paul Thureen
Developed by Oliver Butler

A decaying drive-in comes to life with stories of lighthouses, naughty little girls, and places you imagine remembering.

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Minimum Fee: $75 per performance


Full Length Play

Dark Comedy


Bare Stage/Simple Set

A decaying drive-in comes to life with stories of lighthouses, naughty little girls, and places you imagine remembering. So sit back, relax, refrain from loud talking and rough-housing, turn off your headlights, enjoy some tasty popcorn, put litter in its place, keep an eye on your children, think about how happy we could be, and remember that this country is full of dark, dark places along dark, dark roadways where dark, dark things can happen.


"The Debate Society's fourth full-length play transforms the performance space into their own version of a drive-in theater to present an intimate and absurd perspective of classic Americana. The Brooklyn-based play-makers conjure a road trip epic wherein the lives, desires, and memories of various passengers take a number of sharp and darkly comic turns over the course of one night, dissolving into three studies of bittersweet disenchantment [...] The Debate Society certainly doesn't disappoint in this bizarre but deeply winning homage to the drive-in cinema of yore." The New Yorker

"Filled with more funny and spellbinding moments than just about any other production on or off Broadway." - The Gothamist

"Cape Disappointment is a wonderful gift of a show. It is haunting, gentle, elliptical, poetic, humorous, bittersweet, occasionally startling and intense but always true." - Culturebot

"Lush stagecraft and atmospheric bliss [...] A singular experience of high style and excellent craftsmanship. The best play by The Debate Society yet." -Offoffonline

"Four stars. Critic's pick." - Time Out New York

"A bizarre and thrilling new play." - Show Business Weekly

"Hilarious and horrifying." - New York Press


The Darker Side of Comedy: The Debate Society’s CAPE DISAPPOINTMENT
by Courtney Kochuba
March 3, 2015



2m, 2f


NOTE: Four actors play all of the roles

FEMALE 1: Hannah, Mary, Little Girl, Mavis
FEMALE 2: One-Arm, Aunt Gracie, Make-Up Lady
MALE 1: Paul, Pedophile, Evert, MC
MALE 2: Jack, Russell, Florence, Movie Theater Guy

Hannah Bos

Hannah Bos

Hannah Bos (writer/actor) is a founder and co-Artistic Director of The Debate Society, an Obie Award winning Theater Company. She has co-written and starred in all of the company’s plays: Jacuzzi (Ars Nova), Blood Play (Bushwick Starr/The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival/Williamstown Theatre Festival), Buddy Cop 2(Ontological-Hysteric Incubator/Atlantic Stage 2), You’re Welcome (The Brick ... view full profile

Paul Thureen

Paul Thureen

Paul Thureen is a founding member and co-Artistic Director of The Debate Society, co-writing and starring in A Thought About Raya, The Snow Hen, You’re Welcome, The Eaten Heart, Cape Disappointment, Detroit and Buddy Cop 2. Recent New York and international performances include Hostage Song, Clay McLeod Chapman’s The Pumpkin Pie Show at P.S. 122, One Year Lease’s tour of Oresteia in Athens and ... view full profile

Oliver Butler

Oliver Butler

Oliver is a founding member and co-Artistic Director of The Debate Society and has directed and toured with the company. In New York Mr. Butler has directed the world premieres of The Lapsburgh Layover, Buddy Cop 2, Cape Disappointment, Goodbye New York Goodbye Heart, The Eaten Heart, The Snow Hen, Red-Haired Thomas, Hostage Song, A Thought About Raya, You’re Welcome, and Christmas with the ... view full profile

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