The Student

by  Matt Hoverman

Short Play, Comedy  /  2m

Four Stars! "Touching and inspiring... a favorite!" - Indianapolis Performing Arts Examiner
A two-character holiday comedy about a burnt-out, adult education writing teacher who rediscovers his passion in one of the strangest student-teacher conferences of all time.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m
  • Duration

    Duration

    10 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Christmas/Holiday
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior

Additional Info

A two-character holiday comedy about a burnt-out, adult education writing teacher who rediscovers his passion in one of the strangest student-teacher conferences of all time.

Published in Off Off Broadway Festival Plays, 34th Series. and in Christmas Shorts, a collection of five holiday plays by the author that can be performed individually or together as a complete evening of theatre for a cast of 4-13 performers.


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Accolades

  • Winner! Samuel French Off Off Broadway Festival

Reviews

"The script is loaded with low-key, sweet humor." - Las Vegas Review-Journal

"Funny and profane." - Wisconsin State Journal

"Funny and heartwarming." - Isthmus Daily Page

Four Stars! "Touching and inspiring... a favorite!" - Indianapolis Performing Arts Examiner

"My favorite piece [in Indiana's Phoenix Theatre's A Very Pheonix Xmas #6: Our Goose is Cooked] was The Student by Matt Hoverman.  I was surprised to find myself weeping during it.  This little two-hander is on both of my 'BEST OF 2011' lists." - Indytheatrehabit.com

"So what are this year's strongest shows [in City Theatre's Summer Shorts]? ... Clement as a writing professor and Durkin as his endearingly oddball student have perfect chemistry and timing in Matt Hoverman’s The Student." - Miami Herald  

"Five snorts (out of 5) for Matt Hoverman's The Student [in City Theatre's Summer Shorts]: I've run out of good things to say... makes you want to cry.  And laugh." - Miami Art Zine  

"Probably the funniest piece of the night [re: The Student in City Theatre's Summer Shorts]."  - Florida Theater Onstage   

"Matt Hoverman's short play The Student, the best piece at City Theatre's Summer Shorts festival [is a] masterful comedy of homoerotic repression and twisted yuletide metaphor. The Student is a reminder that with such gifted acting, directing, and writing, minimalism is more than sufficient." - Miami New Times

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Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

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

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: 10 minutes
  • Setting: A classroom being used for evening adult-education classes.
  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

2m
HUGH - 30s/40s, heavy; a writing teacher in a corduroy jacket
BURT - 40s/50s; an uptight businessman in a suit
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Cast Attributes

  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)

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Authors

Matt Hoverman

An Emmy Award-winning TV writer and playwright, Matt Hoverman’s plays include Who You See Here and The Glint (both optioned for Broadway by Nelle Nugent); In Transit (FringeNYC Best Playwriting Award), The Student (winner, 34th Annual Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival), The Audience (co-book writer, Dr ...

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A winner of the 2009 Samuel French OOB Short Play Festival, The Student was produced by Algonquin Productions at Playwrights Horizons' Mainstage Theatre, and was directed by Suzanne Agins.

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