H2O

by  Jane Martin

Full Length Play, Drama  /  1m, 1f

After arriving to the City of Angels, an aimless young man catapults to movie stardom and into Hollywood's sleazy celebrity culture. Banking on his fame (and name), he is soon selected to appear on Broadway in Hamlet...

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    1m, 1f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Faith-based, Romantic Comedy
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

After arriving to the City of Angels, an aimless young man catapults to movie stardom and into Hollywood's sleazy celebrity culture. Banking on his fame (and name), he is soon selected to appear on Broadway in Hamlet. Given full casting approval, he embarks to New York City to seek out his Ophelia and encounters his muse and his match —a young evangelical Christian woman set on getting the role…and saving his life. Originally produced at the Contemporary American Theatre Festival in 2013, H2O transports audiences into the reclusive, madcap world of Jane Martin's drama/comedy/love story about self-destruction, notoriety, and the dark journey to purity and salvation. 
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Reviews

"At turns powerful, tragic, romantic, amoral, unself-conscious and self-obsessed, this complex one-act drama and its two passionate yet oddly distant characters tumble down through the circles of a Dantesque, or perhaps even an existential hell without ever quite grasping the reasons why...This play is so moving and effective, so completely and entirely unforgettable." - Washington Times

"It will leave you dealing not only with your feelings about the characters, but also reconsidering art, life, and The Meaning of It All." - Broadwayworld.com 

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“Yes, H2O is a masterpiece and will surely be performed, difficult as it is, throughout the Christian/Hollywood world ... Martin’s H2O embodies America and its Culture War in the 21st century.  In fact, H2O is this nation’s Culture War writ large, or should I say small, lying embedded in its two-person sadomasochistic love triage.  Who will live and who will die?  And can one survive without the other?" - MD Theatre Guide 

Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol
  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes
  • Caution Smoking Smoking

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $90 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: The play takes place on an open stage against a cyc. All the plays action takes place in New York City.
  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Casting

1m, 1f
JAKE - (30 - 40) a young movie star
DEBORAH - (25 - 30) a young evangelical Christian woman
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Cast Attributes

  • Not Applicable

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Authors

Jane Martin

Jane Martin, a Kentuckian, first came to national attention for Talking With, a collection of monologues premiering in Actors Theatre of Louisville’s 1982 Humana Festival of New American Plays. Since its New York premiere at Manhattan Theatre Club in 1982, Talking With has been performed around the world, winning the B ...

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H20 was commissioned by and premiered at the Contemporary American Theatre Festival in West Virginia, in 2013. 

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