Xmas Cards

by  Matt Hoverman

Short Play, Comedy  /  1m, 1f

Every year, prosperous, conservative couple Ned and Nelly fill out their Christmas cards together. Or rather, Ned tries to fill them out and Nelly slowly drives him insane. Why should this year be any different?

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    1m, 1f
  • Duration

    Duration

    10 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Christmas/Holiday, Romantic Comedy
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

Every year, prosperous, conservative couple Ned and Nelly fill out their Christmas cards together. Or rather, Ned tries to fill them out and Nelly slowly drives him insane. Why should this year be any different?

Published 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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Reviews

"Amusing, poignant Christmas Shorts is a simple, gentle surprise... The script is loaded with low-key, sweet humor." - Las Vegas Review Journal

Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: 10 minutes
  • Setting: The sitting room of a prosperous home, suggested simply by two armchairs.
  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

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

Casting

1m, 1f
NED & NELLY - a prosperous, conservative couple in their 50s (can be played by actors in their 40s or 60s)
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (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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Christmas Shorts: 5 Merry Little Comedies was first produced by Naked Angels (Geoffrey Nauffts, artistic director) at Playwrights Horizons' Mainstage Theatre in December, 2008 as an Angels in Progress workshop. It was directed by Suzanne Agins

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