by  Tom Dudzick

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  3m, 2f

"Hilarious." - The New Yorker

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 2f
  • Duration


    105 Minutes
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    Not Applicable
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Cutting Approved for Competition
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

Andy has a sweet Catholic mother, a sour Catholic father and an intellectually disabled younger brother named Mickey. When he brings his Jewish atheist fiance to meet the folks on Christmas Eve, his worst fears about family blow-ups are realized. But when Mickey, whose entire vocabulary has been limited to "oh boy" and "wow," suddenly spouts the word "Greetings!" the entire family's belief system is turned upside down. For it seems an ancient, wise and witty spirit who is set upon healing the family's wounds has borrowed Mickey's body! Though a play for all seasons, Greetings! is ideal for groups wanting something special to put on at Christmas/Hanukkah time. The Off Broadway production starred Darren McGavin and Gregg Edelman.

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"Exhilarating, profound: what ineffective little adjectives to describe Greetings!” - Albany Times-Union

"Hilarious." - The New Yorker

"A comic jewel...Stunning and touching...A joyful holiday lift." - The New York Newsday

"A loving holiday wonder...Deserves a shelf life long after Christmas." - The New York Post

"Glows with...warmhearted emotion." - The Associated Press

"A winner." - The Albany Times Union

"Greetings! should become as much a part of the fabric of the winter holiday season as It's a Wonderful Life and A Christmas Carol." -Berkshire Eagle


Performing Groups

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


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License details

  • Minimum Fee: $90 per performance



  • Time Period: 1990s
  • Duration: 105 Minutes
  • Setting:

    Living Room and Dining Room of the Gorski's, a working class family in Pittsburgh, PA.

    May be performed with or without an intermission.

  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes


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


3m, 2f
ANDY - 30-ish male
RANDI - Andy's Jewish fiance. 30-ish
EMILY - Andy's Mom, 60-ish
PHIL - Andy's Dad, 60-ish
MICKEY - Andy's intellectually disabled younger brother.
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Tom Dudzick

Tom Dudzick had his first play, Greetings! produced off-Broadway at the John Houseman Theatre, starring Darren McGavin; it is now a holiday favorite all across the country. Mr. Dudzick went on to write a comedic semi-autobiographical series of plays about growing up Catholic in Buffalo called the Over the Tavern Trilog ...

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Greetings! premiered at George Street Playhouse, New Brunswick, NJ, October, 1990. Gregory Hurst, Artistic Director

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