The End of the Day

by  Jon Robin Baitz

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.

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The End of the Day

by  Jon Robin Baitz

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4m, 2f
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Off-Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

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.

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Reviews

REVIEWS

"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

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre

Cautions

  • Caution Drugs Drugs
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • 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

Casting

4m, 2f

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


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Cast Attributes

  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)

Casting Notes

The doubling of roles, as described in the character descriptions, is a deliberate and important part of the play.

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Authors

Jon Robin Baitz

Jon Robin Baitz's plays include The Film Society, The Substance of Fire, Three Hotels, A Fair Country, Ten Unknowns, Mizlansky/Zilinsky, a new version of Ibsen's Hedda Gabler which was produced on Broadway in 2001, and The Paris Letter. He is the creator of the hit ABC TV show Brothers & Sisters, which he also exec ...

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The End of the Day premiered at Playwrights Horizons in New York City in April of 1992 under the direction of  Mark Lamos.

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