The End of the Day
Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy / 4m, 2f
Apathy and greed fill this comedy that follows Graydon Massey, a doctor turned con-man that ditches his practice. He learns the hard way that the winners of this world are the ones who constantly reinvent themselves to make it.
This comic foray into greed and indifference stars a dissipated expatriate British doctor turned hustler in Los Angeles. When the cad abandons his Beverly Hills practice and rich wife, his former father-in-law, a gangster, demands repayment of the hefty sum spent to educate and set him up in his practice. He traipses off to London to beg from his estranged family. The doctor eventually ties the evils of his worlds into one smashingly corrupt con that entangles international shipping, a movie studio, a priceless Stubbs canvas, a cocaine network, and a beneficent foundation. The playwright's comic net ensnares Los Angeles and London, health care, the mob, the film and the art worlds, disillusioned lefties, lost fathers, loveless mothers, disposable wives, and the selfishly charitable in his hilarious portrayal of a hapless world.
"Bleak yet hilarious...A field day for actors." - The New York Times, Read More
"Even funnier [than] Substance of Fire...A joy to behold." - Wall Street Journal
"Raucous." - New York Newsday
- Mild Adult Themes
- Minimum Fee: $75 per performance
- Time Period: 1990s, 1980s
- Setting: Various places between 1986 and 1992.
The Massey-Kitterson Home, London
The verandah overlooking Belgrave Square
San Cristobal Clinic, San Pedro
Los Angeles Museum of Art
GRAYDON MASSEY / STERLING GRAYDON
JONATHON TOFFLER / YOUNG GRAYDON
HILTON LASKER / SWIFTY, LORD KITTERSON
HELEN LASKER-MASSEY / LADY HAMMERSMITH-URBAINE-SUPTON-STOAT
JEREMIAH MARTON / TELLMAN THE BUTLER
ROSAMUND BRACKETT / JOCELYN MASSEY
- Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
The doubling of roles, as described in the character descriptions, is a deliberate and important part of the play.
The End of the Day premiered at Playwrights Horizons in New York City in April of 1992 under the direction of Mark Lamos.