Elemeno Pea

by  Molly Smith Metzler

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  2m, 3f

Worlds collide and sisters square off in this keenly observed comedy about ambition, regret, and the choices that shape who we become.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 3f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Not Applicable
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Monologues
    • Scene work
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

It’s just after Labor Day and Martha’s Vineyard has started emptying out, but you can still smell the suntan lotion (the expensive kind). And the expensive life is just what Simone is living these days as personal assistant to Michaela Kell, trophy wife of an absurdly rich (and often absent) New York ad man. When Simone’s older sister, a social worker from blue-collar Buffalo, comes to visit, lifestyles – and worlds – collide. This keenly observed comedy about class, family, and the choices that shape who we are unfolds in real time; fast, furious, and funny.
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Reviews

REVIEWS 

"Smart [...] insightful [...] think of it as a funnier Downton Abbey, if the mansion were a smart-house on Martha’s Vineyard." - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Read More 

"The comedy is as bitingly sarcastic as it is wonderfully human." - Broadway World, Read More 

Videos

  • Inside ELEMENO PEA at City Theatre
  • Molly Smith Metzler on ELEMENO PEA
  • ELEMENO PEA at Horizon Theatre Company
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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Large Stage

Cautions

  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol
  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $90 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: A ludicrous beach estate located right on a bluff in Martha’s Vineyard. In real life, this house is on the same street as the Kennedy compound in Aquinnah. This year, just after Labor Day. The island has started emptying out, but you can still smell suntan lotion (the expensive kind). This play occurs in real time with neither scene breaks nor an intermission.
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

2m, 3f
MICHAELA - married to Peter Kell & the owner of this house, 33
SIMONE - her assistant, 29
DEVON - Simone's sister, 35
ETHAN - a friend of Peter & Michaela's, 42
JOS-B - the property caretaker, late 40s/50s
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Multicultural casting

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Authors

Molly Smith Metzler

Molly Smith Metzler is a New York-based playwright and screenwriter. Her plays -- which include CRY IT OUT, ELEMENO PEA, THE MAY QUEEN, CARVE, TRAINING WISTERIA and CLOSE UP SPACE -- have been produced Off-Broadway and across the country, at theaters such as Manhattan Theatre Club, Actors Theatre of Louisville/Humana ...

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Elemeno Pea premiered at Actors Theatre of Louisville in Lousiville, KY in March of 2011 under the direction of Davis McCallum.

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