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She Stoops to Comedy - Full Length Play, Comedy

She Stoops to Comedy

David Greenspan

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Full Length Play, Comedy

3m, 3f

ISBN: 9780573700705

An actress (played by a man) schemes to woo back her estranged female lover by playing Orlando opposite her lovers’ Rosalind in this gender-bending romp by one of New York's most innovative writer/performers.

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Minimum Fee: $75 per performance


Full Length Play



90 minutes

Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day

Settings Of Play - The stage of course.


Bare Stage/Simple Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes




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


From Off-Broadway

In She Stoops to Comedy, Alexandra Page, a self-involved actress, known for her portrayals of tragic heroines, disguises herself as a man in order to play Orlando opposite her girlfriend, Alison Rose, who has been cast as Rosalind in an out-of-town production of As You Like It. Because the role of Alexandra is played by a man, her transformation does not require the use of drag. And because the other actors in the As You Like It cast are friends of Alexandra and Alison – and the “disguise” so effective – Alexandra has an opportunity to not only hear what people really think of her, but to be made privy to the inner lives of her friends and colleagues. The play examines the friendships and love relationships of its seven characters, and plays with the nature of authenticity – both on and off the stage.

“80 minutes of near total delight… Sweeping away everything but the mind of the playwright and the ability of the actors, Greenspan creates a fiction that has the pleasure and pain of life, plus the extravagant possibilities of the imagination. He does it without apparatus, attitude, amplification, willed ugliness... It's just theater, pure and simple. What a relief.” – The Village Voice

“Great theater can be immensely entertaining, profoundly thought-provoking or artistically inventive; She Stoops to Comedy… manages all three at once. David Greenspan's brilliant, hilarious… six-actor deconstruction of a modern-day Elizabethan farce finds vitality, renewal and delight at the unlikely heart of theatrical artifice.” – The Los Angeles Times

“Within the first five minutes, it's clear that you're in for a bumpy ride. Not a ''fasten your seat belts'' kind of ride, but rather one where you're a picked up by a tornado, spun around, and dropped into a world that is different and odd and wonderful and fun. This tornado was created by playwright David Greenspan, who explores gender, sexuality and love in his inventive play… You may leave the theater a little unsure of where you've been, but you'll be happy you were there.” – Metro Weekly

She Stoops to Comedy was first presented by Playwrights Horizons, under artistic director Tim Sanford, as the inaugural production in The Peter Jay Sharp Theater in New York City, in April 2003. It was directed by the playwright.


3m, 3f


Alexandra Page is played by an actor, not an actress. At no time in the play is that actor in drag. A cast of six. One actress plays Kay Fein and Jayne Summerhouse.

ALEXANDRA PAGE - an actress, assumes the role of Harry Samson
ALISON ROSE - Alexandra’s lover, also an actress
KAY FEIN - close friend of Alexandra, an archeologist or a lighting designer
HAL STEWART- a filmmaker
EVE ADDAMAN - Hal’s girlfriend, also a filmmaker
JAYNE SUMMERHOUSE - rival to Alexandra, also an actress, she’s studying film
David Greenspan

David Greenspan

David Greenspan is a New York-based playwright and actor. He has directed and/or performed in his plays Jack, The Home Show Pieces, 2 Samuel 11, Etc. at Home, Dead Mother, or Shirley Not All in Vain at the Public, She Stoops to Comedy (Obie, published by Samuel French) and Go Back to Where You Are (published by Samuel French) at Playwrights Horizons, The Argument (Obie) with Target Margin, The ... view full profile

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Monica Trausch 4/27/2013 12:12 PM
There is nothing like seeing David Greenspan perform. Nothing like his command, his strength, his presence. And yet, by simply reading his words, his ample text, his splashes of thought on the page, we are left in awe by his wit, intelligence and inventiveness. SHE STOOPS TO COMEDY takes us into the world of Alexandra Page, a self-involved actress who just broke up with her girlfriend, and this world is anything but typical—gender conventions, normal romantic situations and the ways in which we approach theater are questioned, upheld and turned on their heads. Nothing is what it seems and despite the silliness, deep truths prevail in this play—truths about identity, love and self. The play is shorter and more accessible than some of Greenspan’s other works, and is a delight for any audience member. It is a modern deconstruction of Elizabethan farce, and one that leaves it’s audience better than when we sat down to read or listen to that master, Greenspan, at work.

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