The Hatmaker's Wife

by  Lauren Yee

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  3m, 3f

When a young woman moves in with her boyfriend expecting domestic bliss, their new house reveals the magical tale of it's previous inhabitants: an old hat-maker and his long-suffering wife, who runs away with his favorite hat. This sweet and surreal story bends time and space to redefine the idea of family, home, and true love itself.

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The Hatmaker's Wife

by  Lauren Yee

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 3f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Fantasy, Fables/Folktales, Romantic Comedy
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Off-Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

In Lauren Yee's whimsical and poignant new play The Hatmaker's Wife, a young woman moves in with her boyfriend expecting domestic bliss, but instead has trouble getting comfortable. Her strange new home seems determined to help out - and soon the walls are talking. They reveal the magical tale of an old hat-maker and his long-suffering wife, who runs away with his favorite hat. This sweet and surreal story bends time and space to redefine the idea of family, home, and true love itself.
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Reviews

REVIEWS

"Ms. Yee — a rising young dramatist whose earlier works include
Ching Chong Chinaman — brings a courageous, childlike conviction to her fey land of make-believe." - New York Times, Read More

"What makes The Hatmaker's Wife a success is its dexterity and fluidity. Yee's characters and story lines jump back and forth not only between the realistic and the fantastical but also between gut-laughter funny and hit-you-in-the-gut sad — and they do so with astounding truthfulness." - TheatreMania, Read More

"There is much to enjoy in the circuitous daring of The Hatmaker’s Wife, which often veers into unexpected places...one must admire a play that tries to wear so many hats" - Time Out New York, Read More

Videos

  • The Hatmaker's Wife - Trailer
  • The Hatmaker's Wife - Sneak Peek
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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Senior Theatre
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: A living room. 
  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Casting

3m, 3f
HETCHMAN - Our hero. Hetchman the hatmaker. He wears a hat. Curmudgeonly. 
HETCHMAN’S WIFE - Wife of Hetchman. Nondescript. Does she have a name? Who knows. 
MECKEL - Hetchman’s neighbor and only friend. Meckel is cheerful, popular, and kind. He is the opposite of Hetchman. He also wears a hat. 
VOICE - A young woman. 
GABE - Voice’s boyfriend. Easygoing in a way Voice has never been. 
WALL - A wall. Probably female, speaks with a quasi-Eastern European accent. 
GOLEM - A golem, a la the Jewish golem of Prague. Only makes sounds but does intuit what is going on. Eats a lot. Made of mud and crap. 
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Expandable casting
  • Flexible casting

Casting Notes

HETCHMAN, his WIFE, and MECKEL, despite being “old,” are not necessarily old old. They are old in the way your math teacher could be fifty or ninety. Ageless. They also all speak with quasi-Eastern European accents.

The wall speaks all BOLDED TEXT IN CAPS and is realized in the play as an unseen voiceover. The actor playing the wall does not appear on stage. The wall’s voice should emanate from a specific place (as opposed to a “voice of god from above”).

GOLEM can be double cast with GABE.

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Authors

Lauren Yee

Lauren was born and raised in San Francisco and currently lives in New York City. Her plays include CHING CHONG CHINAMAN (Pan Asian, Mu Performing Arts, SIS Productions, Impact Theatre), CREVICE (Impact), THE HATMAKER’S WIFE (The Playwrights Realm, The Hub, Moxie Theatre, AlterTheater, PlayPenn), HOOKMAN (Encore Theatr ...

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The Hatmaker's Wife was given its world premiere produciton with The Playwrights Realm in September of 2013, under the direction of Rachel Chavkin. 

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