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How to Transcend a Happy Marriage - Full Length Play, Comedy

How to Transcend a Happy Marriage

Sarah Ruhl

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Full Length Play, Comedy

4m, 3f

ISBN: PMS0000000231

"This new play is a subversive enchantment. It is part absurd domestic serio-comedy, part erotic magic realism, unflinching about taboos and about questioning that, just maybe, monogamy isn’t enough." - Newsday

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Minimum Fee: $100 per performance

Description

Full Length Play

Comedy

120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day

Settings Of Play - A forest.
A living/dining room.
A jail-- empty space with a few bars.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

CAUTIONS

Alcohol, Drugs, Strong Language, Mild Adult Themes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult

PERFORMANCE GROUP

Professional Theatre, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

From Off-Broadway

At a dinner party in New Jersey, two couples discuss polyamory as brought up by the introduction of a new temp, Pip, in Jane’s office. When they invite Pip and her two male partners, discussion turns to action and the exploration of unexplored desire turns animalistic, and then Jane’s daughter sees it all. How to Transcend a Happy Marriage blurs the lines of monogamy and asks how deeply friends, lovers, and strangers connect.

REVIEWS 

"How to Transcend a Happy Marriage has a charming phantasmagorical finish that points out the conflict between our animal nature and the societal norms we create to control it." - Broadway World, Read More 

"Audiences are receiving a comprehensive education in the polyamorous lifestyle in Sarah Ruhl’s whimsical and spiritual domestic drama, How to Transcend a Happy Marriage...for those willing to take the ride, the play is a provocative and poetic meditation on being caught between reasonably happy domesticity and untapped, unacknowledged desires." - AM New York, Read More 

"This new play is a subversive enchantment. It is part absurd domestic serio-comedy, part erotic magic realism, unflinching about taboos and about questioning that, just maybe, monogamy isn’t enough." - Newsday, Read More 

"...provocative and enlightening...How to Transcend a Happy Marriage abounds with situations that lead its characters to say the most quotable things, all of which should be experienced live in the theater and not in any critic’s review. They’re that memorable." - The Wrap, Read More 


Check out these photos from the Lincoln Center Theater production of How to Transcend a Happy Marriage in February 2017.


How to Transcend a Happy Marriage premiered at the Lincoln Center Theater in New York City in February 2017 under the direction of Rebecca Taichman.

Characters

CASTING

4m, 3f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Non-Traditional casting, Cross gender casting, Multicultural casting

CASTING NOTES

I think that JANE and GEORGE are women and MICHAEL and PAUL are men but you could change their genders if you want.

JANE
MICHAEL
GEORGE (GEORGIA)
PAUL 

Four people in their late thirties or early forties. Race and ethnicity immaterial. 

PIP - A beautiful woman, named Deborah. Known to all as Pip. (She can dance and sing and slaughter animals and also play a teenager named Jenna.) 

DAVID (pronounced Dah-veed) and FREDDIE—Two men who Pip has a polyamorous relationship with. David is a mathematician. I don’t know what Freddie is but he doesn’t know either. 
Videos
  • Lincoln Center Theater montage of How to Transcend a Happy Marriage

Author
Sarah Ruhl

Sarah Ruhl

Sarah Ruhl’s plays include How to Transcend a Happy Marriage, For Peter Pan on her 70th Birthday, The Oldest Boy, In the Next Room, or the vibrator play, The Clean House, Orlando, Late: a cowboy song, Dear Elizabeth and Stage Kiss. She is a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist and a Tony Award nominee. Her plays have been produced on Broadway at the Lyceum by Lincoln Center Theater, off-Broadway at ... view full profile

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