The Office Plays

by  Adam Bock

Collection / Anthology, Dramatic Comedy

A Collection of two Full Length Plays: The Receptionist and Thugs.…

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The Office Plays

by  Adam Bock

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  • Duration


    75 Minutes
  • Accolades


    Obie, From Off-Broadway, Outer Critic Circle, Audience Favorite
  • Audience

    Target Audience

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

Additional Info

A Collection of two Full Length Plays: The Receptionist and Thugs.
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The Repectionist:

A twisty comedy...Mr. Bock's poison Post-It note of a play - NY Times

Bock's intense initial focus on the routine goes to the heart of The Receptionist's pointed, painfully timely allegory...elliptical, provocative play... TimeOut New York

The Thugs:

Bock starts you off laughing, but leaves you with a chill... TimeOut New York

...a delightfully paranoid little nightmare that is both more chilllingly relistic and pointedly absurd than anything John Grisham ever dreamed up... NY Times


Performing Groups

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


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License details

  • Minimum Fee: $90 per performance



  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: 75 Minutes
  • Setting: Each in an office.
  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


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

  • Non-Traditional casting

Casting Notes

The Receptionist: 2 men 2 women

The Thugs: 6 women, 2 men




Adam Bock

Adam Bock’s plays include Phaedra (Shotgun Players), A Small Fire (Playwrights Horizons, Drama Desk nomination), book for We Have Always Lived in the Castle, with music by Todd Almond (Yale Rep), The Flowe ...

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The Receptionist: Manhattan Theater Club, directed by Joe Mantello (Wicked)

The Thugs: Soho Rep, directed by Anne Kauffman

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