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Now Circa Then - Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

Now Circa Then

Carly Mensch

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Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

1m, 1f

ISBN: 9780573699269

"A twisty, humorous tale of significance" - TheaterMania.com

"Mensch's script is a layered, clear-eyed work of art" - NYTheatre.com

"Fulfills the potential of theater circa now." - BackStage.com

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Description

Full Length Play

Dramatic Comedy

Romantic Comedy

90 minutes

Time Period - Present Day

Settings Of Play -

A restored 19th century tenement on New York’s Lower East Side, present.

The play is divided into three rooms: the parlor (beginnings), the kitchen (middles), and the bedroom (endings).

FEATURES / CONTAINS

No intermission

Bare Stage/Simple Set

Period Costumes

CAUTIONS

No Special Cautions

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult

PERFORMANCE GROUP

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

Meet Julian and Josephine, an immigrant couple on New York's Lower East Side, circa 1890. Meet Gideon and Margie, an unlikely pair of historical reenactors, circa now. A museum tour goes off the rails in this jaunty tale of old places, new beginnings and timeless questions.

"A twisty, humorous tale of significance" - TheaterMania.com

"Mensch's script is a layered, clear-eyed work of art" - NYTheatre.com

"Fulfills the potential of theater circa now." - BackStage.com

NOW CIRCA THEN was originally produced by Ars Nova (Jason Eagan, Artistic Director) in New York City.

Characters

CASTING

1m, 1f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Multicultural casting, Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle), Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

CASTING NOTES

Margie's character is scripted as Filipino-American, based on the actress who originated the role, but she can be of any race or ethnicity, really, so long as she's an unlikely casting choice for a 19th century Jewish immigrant. 

MARGIE, 26 – a shy and slightly awkward girl; more goose than swan, but with an unconventional beauty. Non-white.
GIDEON, 27 – a hardcore history buff; passionate and youthful, with a hint of arrogance. White.

Author
Carly Mensch

Carly Mensch

Carly Mensch's plays include Oblivion (Steppenwolf’s First Look Festival, Westport Playhouse), Now Circa Then (Ars Nova, TheatreWorks), All Hail Hurricane Gordo (Humana Festival, Cleveland Play House), and Len, Asleep in Vinyl (2nd Stage/Uptown Series). Her work has also been read/workshopped at Playwrights Horizons, Manhattan Theatre Club, Center Theatre Group, The Kennedy Center, Marin Theatre ... view full profile

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