House Of Several Stories

by  A. John Boulanger

Full Length Play, Dark Comedy  /  2m, 3f

"One of the few examples of purely American absurdism...outside of Edward Albee."" - Austin Chronicle
"An examination of dysfunction, perception and misperception, truth and/or lies, with all roadsleading to life's perpetually unanswered question: What is real and true here?" - Austinist.com

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House Of Several Stories

by  A. John Boulanger

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 3f
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Farce, Mystery/Thriller, Christmas/Holiday, Experimental, Science Fiction
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    KCACTF: Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival New Play,
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

House of Several Stores, a tragedy in two acts of nonsense, is an absurdist comedy about a dysfunctional family and their Thanksgiving "guests." Bastian returns home for Thanksgiving with news of "joining the service." Mother suggests he join a gym. Bastian's news takes a backseat when his sister, Rissa, suddenly decides that she's pregnant, and though not yet showing, expects to deliver "any minute now". Both children are then bombarded with Mother's news of an older brother that they've never known about, Thom, who has returned home for Thanksgiving from the war. Things are further complicated with the arrival of the mysterious, young Abigail, who has simply stopped by to drop something off--her newborn baby. That is, until she discovers the baby's father might be in the house. The play explores how stories help fill voids in people's lives caused by death, loss and dysfunction.

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Accolades

  • Winner! 2008 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival National Student Playwriting Award

Reviews

"One of the few examples of purely American absurdism...outside of Edward Albee."" - Austin Chronicle

"An examination of dysfunction, perception and misperception, truth and/or lies, with all roads leading to life's perpetually unanswered question: What is real and true here?" - Austinist.com

“Boulanger [...] starts with loud chaos, exaggeration and absurdity and gradually endows his characters and story with humanity and depth. ” -​ Austin Live Theatre

Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol
  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting:

    Interior Set

     

  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

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

Casting

2m, 3f

MOTHER - 50s; Sue; warm but absent; never without a cocktail.
BASTIAN - 30s; adopted brother; optimistically suicidal.
RISSA - 30s; sister; skittish; stuck.
THOM - 30s; military; a rugged angel; charming with an edge.
YOUNG WOMAN/ABIGAIL - 16, mysterious and mature.

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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Drag performance
  • Local Celebrity Cameo
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)
  • Parts for Senior Actors

Casting Notes

The role of sixteen-year-old Abigail should be played by an actress at least eighteen years of age.

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Authors

A. John Boulanger

A. John Boulanger is a Texas native, playwright/director, and co-founder of Imagine That Productions. His debut play, House of Several Stories, has been recognized locally and nationally, winning the Michael Kanin Nat ...

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Imaginge That Productions - Austin Playhouse Theatre - Austin, TX 2009 

 

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