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Arrangements - Full Length Play, Dark Comedy


Ken Weitzman

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Full Length Play, Dark Comedy

4m, 2f

ISBN: 9780573697487

Winner! 2003 L. Arnold Weissberger Award
"A fantastic production packed with a beautiful 'arrangement' of hilariously inventive comedy and well developed, touching drama." - San Diego Playbill

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Minimum Fee: $75 per performance


Full Length Play

Dark Comedy

Time Period - Present Day

Settings Of Play - Multiple locations: best if spare or representational. The above world/ below world layout of the flower shop is important but can be expressed by a matter of inches. Scenes should flow easily and quickly into one another.


Scene work

Interior Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


Strong Language, Mild Adult Themes




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


From Off-Broadway

Winner! 2003 L. Arnold Weissberger Award
In the dank basement of a flower shop, a college dropout meets a morbidly obese woman twice his age. What follows is a beautiful and troubling romance in which the couple plots to unravel the tightly wound lives of all those around them. A biting, comic tale of consumption and abstinence, attraction and repulsion, expression and repression.

"A fantastic production packed with a beautiful 'arrangement' of hilariously inventive comedy and well developed, touching drama." - San Diego Playbill

"...we are reminded that our most self-destructive behavior originates from our profound desire to live and to love. This exploration of gluttony - well written and well executed - is sad and strangely beautiful. We watch Donna as she responds to her pain in a grotesque manner, and we understand that in her own way, she is doing what she can to make it hurt less. At evening's end, we leave knowing we’ve all done the same. - San Diego Writer's Monthly

"In a season that saw Eve Ensler obsessing about her tummy on Broadway in the short-lived The Good Body and with Neil LaBute's Fat Pig, a sold-out hit at the Lucille Lortel, Mr. Weitzman's black comedy or "tale of obsession and consumption" adds yet another delicious take on this subject." - CurtainUp

Arrangements was first produced Off Broadway by the Atlantic Theatre Company, under managing director Andrew D. Hamingson and artistic director Neil Pepe, in New York City in January 2005. It was directed by Christian Parker.


4m, 2f


Drag performance, Features Children, Local Celebrity Cameo


It is important to keep in mind that the characters in this play are desperately trying to save one another, though they may go about doing so in circuitous, troubling, or destructive ways. Stakes should be very high, outsized, even for seemingly small things; a heightened reality. Nothing is casual. This is not a small, intimate, psychological play. Emotions are real but all is anxious, urgent; not false, but heightened

ROBBY – 19, passionate, exuberant, impressionable. Lost and searching.
DAVID – Robbie's older brother. Late 20s to early 30s. Married. Desperate for his planning ways to rub off on Robby.
DONNA – Obese, late-30s. Sexy, smart, fierce and funny.
ROS – Donna’s younger sister. Mid 30s. Obsessively body-conscious for fear of becoming Donna.
KETIH – Ros’s business partner and ‘lover’ in that order. Late 30s. Terrified of chaos. Phobic.
HOMELESS MAN – Imposing. Also plays: FITNESS INSTRUCTOR and O.A. SPEAKER (offstage voices.)
Rental Materials


N/A (Not a musical)


N/A (Not a musical)


Ken Weitzman

Ken Weitzman’s plays include The Catch (The Denver Center Theatre Company), Fire in the Garden (Indiana Repertory Theatre), The As If Body Loop (Humana Festival), Arrangements (Atlantic Theatre Company), Spin Moves (The Summer Play Festival), Stadium 360 (Out of Hand Theater), Memorabilia (Alliance Theatre), Hominid (Out of Hand Theatre/Theatre Emory/Oerol Festival Netherlands.) Plays-in-progress ... view full profile

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