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Important Hats of the Twentieth Century - Full Length Play, Comedy

Important Hats of the Twentieth Century

Nick Jones

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Full Length Play, Comedy

8m, 1f

ISBN: 9780573705175

"Part sci-fi parody, part Ayn Rand spoof and 100% screwball comedy, Important Hats...leaves no punchline unpunched." - The Wall Street Journal

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Minimum Fee: $75 per performance


Description

Full Length Play

Comedy

Farce, Science Fiction

120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - 1990s, 1930s

Settings Of Play - New York City, 1937 & Albany, 1998.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Puppetry

Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Period Costumes

CAUTIONS

Gun Shots, Strong Language

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult

PERFORMANCE GROUP

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

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

From Off-Broadway

Sam Greevy is the toast of 1920s women’s apparel, until the maverick fashion designer Sam Roms springs his radical creations on the world. The Sweatshirt, The Track Suit, Skater Pants: the clothes he comes up with are as from another dimension, and maybe they are. As Greevy tries to adapt to rapidly changing fashions, a parallel drama unfolds in Albany, circa 1998: a teenager stoner keeps losing articles of clothing, and a man keeps bursting out of his closet and taking them.

REVIEWS 

"Jones hilariously employs the clichés of Hollywood sci-fi and disaster films, complete with pseudoscientific jargon, a deranged villain, and an epic final battle in which the time-traveling convention really gets a workout. It's unapologetically silly fun..." - TheatreMania, Read More 

"Part sci-fi parody, part Ayn Rand spoof and 100% screwball comedy, Important Hats...leaves no punchline unpunched." - The Wall Street Journal, Read More 

"One of the most delightfully original comedies to show up in these parts for far too long a stretch." - The Huffington Post, Read More 


Check out these photos from Manhattan Theatre Club's production of Important Hats of the Twentieth Century in November 2015.


Important Hats of the Twentieth Century premiered at the Manhattan Theatre Club in New York City in November 2015.

Characters

CASTING

8m, 1f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Reduced casting (Doubling Possible), Expandable casting

CASTING NOTES

The casting breakdown for 8 men and 1 woman is as follows:

SAM GREEVY
T.B. DOYLE
PAUL ROMS
KERN / FRENCH CORSAIR
MAN 1: JONATHAN / REPORTER 1 / JAY GOULD / ROMAN SOLDIER
MAN 2: DOCTOR CROMWELL / WINSTON DIRK / BROOKS / SHEEP HERDER
MAN 3: DARRYL / BILLY BARNES / MAN IN UNDERSHIRT / MUTANT MONSTER 1 / FIREMAN / TURK IN OTTOMAN EMPIRE
MAN 4: JIMMY THE BUTTON MAN / REPORTER 2 / STAN / BUTTON MAN / MUTANT MONSTER 2 / PEDESTRIAN / ABRAHAM LINCOLN / PROFESSOR CLARK STEWART
WOMAN: FANNY / BEV / MARGARET / SECRETARY / NOBLEWOMAN 

SAM GREEVY - early-mid thirties
T.B. DOYLE - mid thirties
PAUL ROMS - late twenties-early thirties
DARRYL - man in his early forties
BEV - a woman in her thirties
JONATHAN - a boy of 16
KERN - a New York cop, circa 1937
STAN - an Albany cop, circa 1998
BROOKS - an Albany cop, circa 1998
BILLY BARNES - the editor of the New York Tribune.
REPORTER 1
REPORTER 2
FANNY - the nurse
MARGARET
SECRETARY
PEDESTRAIN
FIREMAN
PROFESSOR CLARK STEWART
MAN IN UNDERSHIRT
WOMEN AT SEWING MACHINES
JIMMY THE BUTTON MAN
DOCTOR CROMWELL
WINSTON DIRK - a radio announcer
JAY GOULD - another radio announcer
MUTANT MONSTER 1
MUTANT MONSTER 2
SMALL CHILD
ABRAHAM LINCOLN
18th CNETURY NOBLEWOMAN
BIBLICAL AGE SHEEP HERDER
TURK FROM THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE
FRENCH CORSAIR
ROMAN SOLDIER
A BUTTERFLY - (puppet)
Videos
  • Actor Carson Elrod discusses Important Hats of the Twentieth Century

Author
Nick Jones

Nick Jones

Nick Jones  is originally from Anchorage, Alaska. His plays include: The Coward (Lincoln Center/LCT3; 4 Lortel Nominations) Jollyship the Whiz-Bang (Ars Nova, The Public), The Wundelsteipen (the Flea) The Sporting Life (Studio 42), and The Nosemaker’s Apprentice (with Rachel Shukert). His puppet horror musical Homunculus is in ... view full profile

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