Chapter Two

by  Neil Simon

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  2m, 2f

Recent widower, writer George Schneider, is encouraged by his younger brother Leo to start dating again. This sends George into even more depression after a series of bad matches. Then Leo comes up with Jennie Malone, and she's a keeper. Still, it's a bumpy trip on the road to Dreamland for these not-so-young lovers.

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Chapter Two

by  Neil Simon

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 2f
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Adaptations (Stage & Screen), Romantic Comedy
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Tony, From Broadway
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Monologues
    • Scene work
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

Recent widower, writer George Schneider, is encouraged by his younger brother Leo to start dating again. This sends George into even more depression after a series of bad matches. Then Leo comes up with Jennie Malone, and she's a keeper. Still, it's a bumpy trip on the road to Dreamland for these not-so-young lovers. George and Jennie stumble on, overcoming both their hesitation on the rebound and emotional neediness. In a hilarious, farcical subplot, Leo has a fling with Faye, Jennie's neurotic married friend.
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Accolades

  • NOMINEE - 1978 Tony Award, Best Play

Reviews

REVIEWS

"A SURE SMASH!" - Variety

"Lovely whimsical and touching and always funny [...] most of the time downright hilarious." - New York Post

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Senior Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $125 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1970s
  • Setting: Jennifer Malone's Upper East Side apartment and George Schneider's lower Central Park West apartment. The play begins on a late February afternoon and continues through to mid-spring.
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Period Costumes

Music

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

Casting

2m, 2f
GEORGE SCHNEIDER
LEO SCHNEIDER
JENNIE MALONE
FAYE MEDWICK
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)
  • Parts for Senior Actors

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Authors

Neil Simon

American playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon is widely regarded as one of the most successful, prolific and performed playwrights in the world. In addition to Lost In Yonkers, which won a Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize, his plays and musicals include Come Blow Your Horn, Little Me, Barefoot in the Park, The Odd Coupl ...

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Chapter Two was first presented on Broadway by Emanuel Azenberg at the Imperial Theatre in New York City on December 4, 1977. It was directed by Herbert Ross.

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