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Any Day Now - Full Length Play, Drama

Any Day Now

Nat Cassidy

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Full Length Play, Drama

3m, 4f

ISBN: PWD0000000013

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Minimum Fee: $75 per performance


Full Length Play


Mystery/Thriller, Science Fiction

120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century

Settings Of Play -

The kitchen of the Colby family in contemporary Connecticut.


Local Celebrity Cameo, Stage Combat, Special Effects, Multimedia

Interior Set, Bare Stage/Simple Set, Opportunity for Spectacle

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


Alcohol, Drugs, Gun Shots, Intense Adult Themes, Strong Language, Mild Adult Themes, Nudity/Partial Nudity, Smoking




Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Reader's Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups


New York Innovative Theatre Award; Tulsa Award for Theatrical Excellence (Nominee); Primary Stages' ESPADrills

A twist on both our current fascination with apocalyptic scarnios and dysfunctional family drama, ANY DAY NOW tells the story of one Connecticut family coping with the reanimated corpse of their recently deceased patriarch. While the world wrestles with the sociological, biological, and theological implications of these increasingly frequent resurrections, the Colbys are learning that secrets rarely stay buried and that the ones you love are often the ones who end up eating you alive. 

ANY DAY NOW is a three-act kitchen sink family drama ... with teeth.


"Superb ... The audience [is] never quite sure whether to laugh or to gasp. Cassidy packages his supernatural theme with such naturalistic aplomb that he evokes David Lynch ... Splendid .... Filled with surprises and rewards." - nytheatre.com (starred review)

"Genius ... A great play for a myriad of reasons ... Holds the audience in the palm of its hand...  Exceptional ... This is like Sam Shepard meets George Romero, with more emphasis on the former artist than the latter." - The Fab Marquee

"A vibrant drama ... Gritty [and] clever ... The play's themes are compelling and clear." - Show Business Weekly

"Cassidy has a gift for dialogue and characterization. ... Not your usual run-of-the-mill family comedy (or drama, for that matter). ... Tight, suspenseful and scary." - D.C. Theatre Scene

“Cassidy's writing is so sharp that this play holds one's attention like a vise. ... It has its shocks of horror and hilarity ... The sisters' climactic confrontation is shattering.  ... It's a show that anyone who appreciates theater that aims at both the head and the gut will appreciate. AND IT WILL HAUNT YOU FOR DAYS TO COME.” - Tulsa World

"ANY DAY NOW is one of those rare plays that has everything.  Ghosts, family complication, more humor than most comedies—and it’s scary as hell. Nat Cassidy has a smart, loud voice, pierced with black humor. Acutely aware, he can scare you to death, hurt your heart, but keep you laughing. A fresh new voice who has arrived right on time." —Joan Tewkesbury, Academy Award-nominated writer (Robert Altman's NASHVILLE)

2009, The Writers Forum, Manhattan Theatre Source.



3m, 4f


Role(s) for Asian Actor(s), Role(s) for Black Actor(s), Role(s) for Latino Actor(s), Ensemble cast, Local Celebrity Cameo, Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle), Parts for Senior Actors


This can be (and is encouraged to be) a family of any ethnicity or background.

Also, besides the onstage cast, there are a number of voiceover and video roles that can be recorded by anywhere from 2 people or more.

PEN - 70s - Female - Fierce, strong-willed, capable of malevolant sweetness. Has been denying obvious truths for decades, no matter the harm. About to plunge into dementia.

ADAM - 70s - Male - Pen's husband. A reanimated corpse. Barely cognizant, capable of limited motor control, slow walking, slight recognition of different sounds. Slack-jawed, dead-eyed. Terrifying and sad.

BEVERLY - late 40s/early 50s - Female - Pen's eldest daughter. A frustrated local politician. A control freak with a tight smile and a legitimate desire to help (even if help isn't requested).

APRIL - late 40s - Female - Pen's younger daughter. Very close in age to Beverly but the complete opposite. Loose, distractable, fun - although the events of the play strip her of her ebullience.

JOSH - late 40s - Male - April's soon-to-be-ex-husband. Severely depressed, severely repressed. A sarcastic jokester. 

DAVID - late 40s/early 50s - Beverly's husband. A catheter salesman. The kind of guy who has less personality than he does interesting trivia he likes to throw into the conversation. Some might call him spineless; he thinks of himself as patient.

JACKIE - late teens/early 20s - Female - Beverly and David's daughter. Way more like April than her parents. Smart, sarcastic, terrified of her family.

Various Voiceovers - Male and Female - Reporters, the President, political talking heads, infomercials, etc. Opportunities for actual local celebrities.

Nat Cassidy

Nat Cassidy

Nat Cassidy is an award-winning playwright, actor, and musician, whose acclaimed blend of humor and horror has sold out houses and thrilled audiences throughout the country. In New York, his plays have been nominated for a combined total of 17 NY Innovative Theatre Awards (including three times for Outstanding Full-Length Play). He was a participant in Primary Stages' ESPADrills where his play ANY ... view full profile

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