The Gerbil

by  Brian Harris

Short Play, Drama  /  2m, 1f

A burglar gets caught breaking into the home of a dysfunctional couple.

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    2m, 1f
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    From Off-Broadway
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Scene work
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

The Gerbil is the story of a burglar caught breaking into the home of a dysfunctional couple, whose love for their daughter is the glue keeping their marriage together. The brutal ending reveals the harm their marriage has taken on the daughter, although she never appears on stage.

Published as part of Tall Grass.

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"Farce is Brian Harris' métier – it allows the brutality of each relationship to creep up on you, heightening the dramatic tension in a way that Neil LaBute's handling of similar themes cannot." - The New York Times

"Juicy, Entertaining and Dangerous! A woman becomes her boyfriend's boss, a man catches a burglar in his home, a con artist tries to dupe an elderly couple – each play veers towards violence and dark humor. The fizzy energy of a romantic comedy [...] a threatening sexual vibe!" - Variety

"Unpredictable Tall Tales! Three surreal notions of the things we do for love." - The Village Voice

"The dark, brutal underbelly of humanity is present in each character, perhaps making for a devastating look at modern life. Brian Harris' dialogue is fast, full of life, and showing these characters in all their complexities in such a short amount of time." - Edge Publications


Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups


  • Artboard 3 Gun Shots

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $55 per performance
    $90 with other plays in collection



  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Setting: A nice dining room.
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


2m, 1f
JAMES - 40s
DOG - 20s-30s, a black man
MARGARET - 40s, James’s wife
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Brian Harris

Brian Harris has an M.B.A from the University of Chicago and has spent most of his professional life as a stock analyst in New York. His short plays have won The Strawberry One Act Festival twice and The Jean Dalrymple Award for Best Comedy Playwright at the American Theatre of Actors. He has also co-w ...

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Tall Grass was first presented Off Broadway by Roger Alan Gindi in association with Nutmeg Productions at The Beckett Theatre at Theatre Row in New York City. The director was Nick Corley.

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