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Out of the City - Full Length Play, Comedy

Out of the City

Leslie Ayvazian

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Full Length Play, Comedy

2m, 2f

ISBN: 9780573799907

When two middle-aged married couples take a weekend trip to celebrate a milestone birthday, they find themselves pondering elusive romance and contemplating what comes next. This unorthodox comedic love story proves that rejuvenation can be found at any age.

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Full Length Play


90 minutes

Time Period - Present Day

Settings Of Play -

A bed and breakfast and nearby lake in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania in October.


No intermission

Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


Mild Adult Themes




Community Theatre, Professional Theatre

Carol is not a nature person and is not thrilled about turning 60. Nonetheless, her free-spirited best friend Jill decides that the best way for them to celebrate is to take a weekend away at a bed and breakfast in the Poconos with their husbands, Matt and Dan. The B&B is empty of people (off season), but full of knick-knacks, and Carol finds herself more than usually unsettled. When she suddenly shares a kiss with Jill, seemingly initiated by neither, both women find themselves questioning the foundations of their friendship and their marriages. Matt and Dan are swept into the action as Carol and Jill veer around trying to set the world back on its axis and redefine who they are and what they want. The men, in turn, test their wives sense of the boundaries of friendship and come to see their lives with fresh eyes. Crafted as a fast-moving farcical comedy, Out of the City looks compassionately at how a simple gesture can take on profound meaning for people who are taking everything for granted. 


"Ayvazian presents each of these characters with warmth and generosity." - Lowell Sun, Read More

"There may be sex in the city, but stranger things happen in the forest primeval ... Leslie Ayvazian takes this premise and runs with it..." - Talkin Broadway, Read More 

Check out these photos from Merrimack Repertory Theatre's production of Out of the City in March 2015.

Out of the City premiered in March 2015 at Merrimack Repertory Theatre, in Lowell  MA, under the direction of Christian Parker.



2m, 2f

DAN -  Jill's husband, a basketball coach who does not enjoy the outdoors like his wife.
JILL - Dan's wife, a free spirit who often goes out on hikes and explores exotic places.
MATT - Carol's husband, suffers from a recent arm injury.
CAROL - Matt's wife, the first of the group of friends to turn 60; she ultimately feels a sense of wanting.

  • Christian Parker discusses Out of the City

  • Out of the City cast members discuss their roles, Carol and Matt

  • Out of the City cast members discuss their roles, Jill and Dan

Leslie Ayvazian

Leslie Ayvazian

Leslie Ayvazian is the author of 8 full-length plays and 7 one act plays, published variously by Samuel French and Dramatist Play Service. Some have been included in annual anthologies of best plays. Nine Armenians won the John Gassner/Outer Critics Circle Award for best new American play, The Roger L. Stevens Award, and second place for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. Rosemary and I received an ... view full profile

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Joan Rosenfels 1/12/2016 1:36 PM
OUT OF THE CITY is a wonderful play with fully drawn characters, and typical Avayzian humor.  As an acting teacher, it is perfect for an acting class as it's nearly impossible to find such great characters in this age range.

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