What We're Up Against

by  Theresa Rebeck

Full Length Play, Dark Comedy  /  3m, 2f

What happens when a group of architects are under the gun to design a new mall, but they can’t figure out where to place the air ducts?

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What We're Up Against

by  Theresa Rebeck

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    Cast Size

    3m, 2f
  • Duration


    105 Minutes
  • SubGenre


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  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

Set in a highly competitive architecture firm, What We’re Up Against takes an explosive look at the complicated battle of the sexes raging across Cubicle Land. A funny yet insightful view of what it means to be female in a male-dominated career, and one woman’s response when she tires of slamming into the glass ceiling. 

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  • Winner! 2011 Rella Lossy Playwright’s Award



"What We're Up Against [...] feels both cathartic and clarifying, a map of a minefield drawn in bold cartoon colors." - The New York Times, Read More

"Theresa Rebeck's magic premiere is a juicy black comedy." - Variety, Read More

"What We're Up Against is biting, brilliant comedy. [Theresa Rebeck] has lived through and survived the corporate world and totally and completely nails it in her latest play." - Houston Chronicle, Read More


Business, Feminism


Performing Groups

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


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License details

  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance



  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century
  • Duration: 105 Minutes
  • Setting: A drafting table. A prestigious architecture firm.
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


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Cast Attributes

  • Multicultural casting
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)



Theresa Rebeck

Theresa Rebeckis a widely produced playwright throughout the United States and abroad. New York productions of her work include Dead Accounts at the Music Box Theatre; Seminar at the Golden Theatre; Mauritius at the Biltmore Theatre in a Manhattan Theater Club Production; The Scene, The Water’s Edge, Loose Knit, The Fa ...

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What We're Up Against premiered at The Magic Theatre in San Francisco in February, 2011 under the direction of Loretta Greco. 

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