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Wakey, Wakey - Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

Wakey, Wakey

Will Eno

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Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

1m, 1f

ISBN: 9780573706530

"[A] glowingly dark, profoundly moving new play." - The New York Times
Acting Edition
Large Print
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Minimum Fee: $100 per performance


Full Length Play

Dramatic Comedy

75 Minutes

Time Period - Contemporary

Settings Of Play - Maybe the common room of a hospital.


Interior Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


Aging, Death, Memory




Professional Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups


From Off-Broadway

"Is it now? I thought I had more time."

These first words in Will Eno's play are spoken by Guy, a man who knows, like all of us, on some level, that he is about to die. The play questions why we are here and the journeys that everyone takes to eventually get to the same place. Eno challenges what is worth celebrating in life and what is worth treasuring in this moving and funny play.


"[A] glowingly dark, profoundly moving new play." - The New York Times, Read More 

"A work of humor, humanity and grace that makes you want to hug your lover, your neighbor and maybe an usher on the way out […] Eno breaks the fourth wall but here he also suggests a wondrous fifth […]" - Variety, Read More 

"Pain and solace, loss and gratitude; contradictory feelings collide like bumper cars [...] Eno's unique voice - quizzical, perceptive, assertively compassionate - is one to be celebrated." - The Hollywood Reporter, Read More

"Eno is at his most achingly, triumphantly humanist here, and has, in this wonderful, wonderful play, actually struck on something resembling a satisfying answer to death." - Paste Magazine

"Wakey, Wakey is Will Eno at his surreal, troubling, beautiful best, a play both challenging and easily absorbed. He truly approaches the unapproachable: the meaning of life." -

Wakey, Wakey premiered at the Signature Theatre in New York City in February 2017 under the direction of Will Eno.



1m, 1f

GUY - male, 40s-60s, youthful looking but might suddenly look gaunt or unwell, in the wrong (right) lighting. He's in a wheelchair. 
LISA - female 30s-50s. A warm and caring person, but not inclined toward any kind of sentimentality. Loving, and, matter-of-fact, in equal amounts.
Will Eno

Will Eno

Will Eno is a Residency Five Fellow at the Signature Theatre in New York, which presented Title and Deed in 2012, and The Open House, in 2014. His new play, Wakey, Wakey premiered there in February 2017. Following an acclaimed run at Yale Repertory Theatre, his play The Realistic Joneses was on Broadway in 2014, directed by Sam Gold and staring Toni Collette, Michael C. Hall, Tracy Letts, and ...

Other Will Eno titles:

  • The Realistic Joneses

  • The Open House

  • Middletown

  • Title and Deed

  • Gnit

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