Old Money

by  Wendy Wasserstein

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  3m, 4f

"Brilliantly nostalgic and infinitely charming...Rich, evocative, moody, elegant." - The Spectator

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 4f
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

A drawing room comedy that spans decades, Old Money introduces the exotic creatures that have inhabited an old Manhattan mansion, most recently during rich banker Jeffrey Bernsetin's posh party. A wealthy robber baron and his family, their descendants and assorted characters in their midst an Irish maid, a Hollywood producer, a social climbing decorator, confused teenagers and eccentric artists mingle in a contrast of old money and new.
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Reviews

REVIEWS

"The Tony Award-winning playwright has channeled her flair for witty social commentary into a portrait of two very wealthy families who live a century apart...A sharply written...rumination on how the other half lives, and a reminder that some of the best things in life truly are free even in Manhattan." - USA Today

"Wasserstein believes in the power of laughter [and]...she has a good eye for the foolish ways of the moneyed people then and, especially, now." - The New York Post

"Brilliantly nostalgic and infinitely charming...Rich, evocative, moody, elegant." - The Spectator

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Large Stage

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century, 1900-1910
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: THe private house of Jeffrey Bernstein on Manhattan's Upper East Side.

Casting

3m, 4f
OVID WALPOLE BERNSTEIN / TOBIAS PFEIFFER II
JEFFREY BERNSTEIN / ARNOLD STRAUSS
FLINTY MCGEE / FLORENCE DEROOT
TOBIAS VIVIAN PFEIFFER III / SCHUYLER LYNCH
SID NERCESSIAN / TOBIAS PFEIFFER
PENNY NERCESSIAN / BETINA BREVOORT
MARY GALLAGHER / CAROLINE NERCESSIAN
SAULINA WEBB / SALLY WEBSTER
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Cast Attributes

  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)

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Authors

Wendy Wasserstein

Wendy Wasserstein

Old Money premiered at the Lincoln Center Theatre in New York City in November 2000 under the direction of Mark Brokaw.

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