Benefactors

by  Michael Frayn

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  2m, 2f

"One of the subtlest plays Broadway has seen in years, by one of the most extraordinary writers of the English speaking theater." - Newsweek

"A high point of the theater season." - Wall Street Journal

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 2f
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Tony
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

This long-running hit starred Sam Waterston on Broadway as an urban architect whose attempts to improve humanity by the environments he creates, only leads to chaos when the high-rise boom goes bust and two close friends are caught in the cross-hairs.
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Accolades

  • Nominated for Best Play in the 1986 Tony Awards and Drama Desk Awards. 

Reviews

"One of the subtlest plays Broadway has seen in years, by one of the most extraordinary writers of the English speaking theater." - Newsweek

"A high point of the theater season." - Wall Street Journal

"Dazzling and devastating." - The New York Times

"A tour de force." - Christian Science Monitor

Keywords

Business, Friendship

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $90 per performance

Production

Details

  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)

Casting

2m, 2f
DAVID
JANE
COLIN
SHEILA
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Cast Attributes

  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)

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Authors

Michael Frayn

Michael Frayn was born in London in 1933. He began his career as a reporter for the Guardian and later the Observer. After leaving the Observer he continued to write as a columnist as well as publishing novels and plays for television and stage. His plays for stage include: Copenhagen, After Life, The Two of Us, Alph ...

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Benefactors was first presented by Michael Codron at the Vaudeville Theatre, London, on 4 April 1984. 

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