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.
"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
KeywordsAging, Betrayal, Death, Fairy Tales, Friendship, Illness/Health, Love, Marriage, Memory, Parenting/Family, Jewish/Yiddish issues
- Strong Language
- Minimum Fee: $75 per performance
- Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
- Duration: 90 minutes
- Setting: A living room.
- Additional Features: No intermission
- Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
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.
- Ensemble cast
- Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
- Expandable casting
- Flexible casting
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.