Writer's Block (Allen)

by  Woody Allen

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  6m, 4f

Woody Allen's hilarious one acts, Riverside Drive and Old Saybrook, make up Writer's Block, two absurdist takes on marital infidelity.

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Writer's Block (Allen)

by  Woody Allen

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    6m, 4f
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Off-Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

Each play is an absurdist take on marital infidelity, one instance set on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and the other in Old Saybrook, Connecticut. Riverside Drive's Fred Savage, a homicidal, paranoid, schizophrenic vagrant ex-copywriter, has been stalking a screenwriter for weeks, convinced that his prey stole his idea - in fact, his life - to create a successful movie plot. In Old Saybrook, an orthodontist is hosting her sister and golf-mad brother-in-law, a plastic surgeon, at her grand suburban house. When a couple who once owned the building stops by, they spark an old fashioned sex farce that is full of verve and cunning.
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Reviews

REVIEWS

"...sits dead center in the Woody Allen universe...where relatively affluent people grapple comically and paranoiacally with serious questions of love and lust...and the possibility of happiness given the inevitability of death." - The New York Times

"Full of funny material." - The New York Daily News 

"Non-stop one-liners." - Curtainup.com

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Considerations

Performing Groups

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

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance
    $75 with companion piece

Production

Details

  • Setting: A secluded spot by the embankment of the Hudson River.
    A country home in Old Saybrook, Connecticut.

Casting

6m, 4f

Riverside Drive
JIM
FRED
BARBARA

Old Saybrook
SHEILA
NORMAN
JENNY
DAVID
HAL
SANDY
MAX

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Cast Attributes

  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)

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Woody Allen

Woody Allen, though best known for his films, has also enjoyed a very successful career in theater. His first great success was Don't Drink the Water, which opened in 1968, and ran for 598 performances for ...

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Writer's Block premiered at The Atlantic Theater Company in New York City in March of 2003 under the direction of Woody Allen.

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