The Open House

by  Will Eno

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

People have been born into families since people started getting born at all. Playwrights have been trying to write Family Plays for a long time, too. People have been trying nobly for years and years to have plays solve in two hours what hasn't been solved in many lifetimes. This has to stop.

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The Open House

by  Will Eno

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 2f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Off-Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

People have been born into families since people started getting born at all. Playwrights have been trying to write Family Plays for a long time, too. And typically these plays try to answer endlessly complicated questions of blood and duty and inheritance and responsibility. They try to answer the question, "Can things really change?" People have been trying nobly for years and years to have plays solve in two hours what hasn't been solved in many lifetimes. This has to stop.
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Accolades

  • WINNER! 2014 Lucille Lortel Award - Outstanding Play
    WINNER! 2014 Obie Award - Playwrighting (Will Eno) & Direction (Oliver Butler) 
    WINNER! 2014 Drama Desk Special Award

Reviews

REVIEWS

"Mr. Eno...has established himself as one of the most vital, distinctive voices in the American theater over the past decade. Once encountered, his style is not likely to be forgotten: Wryly humorous and deeply engaged in the odd kinks and quirks of language and its fuzzy relationship to meaning, his plays are also infused with a haunted awareness of, and a sorrowful compassion for, the fundamental solitude of existence." - The New York Times, Read More

"FOUR STARS! Will Eno's play about family dysfunction has plenty of wit and insight." - New York Daily News, Read More

"The Open House is a play you feel as much as intellectualize. And the feeling is rather haunting." - NorthJersey.com, Read More

"[Will Eno's] work combines studied banality, sneaky weirdness and formal ingenuity. His deadpan allegory The Open House surveys the petty animosities and deadening routines of a suburban everyclan" - Time Out New York, Read More

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Videos

  • Will Eno on The Open House
  • THE OPEN HOUSE by Will Eno
  • Oliver Butler on THE OPEN HOUSE
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Considerations

Performing Groups

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

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: The family room.
  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Casting

3m, 2f
FATHER
MOTHER
DAUGHTER
SON
UNCLE
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Cast Attributes

  • Non-Traditional casting

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Authors

Will Eno

Will Eno is a Residency Five Fellow at the Signature Theatre in New York, which presented Title and Deed in 2012, and The Open House, in 2014. His new play, Wakey, Wakey premiered there in February 2017. Following an acclaimed run at Yale Repertory Theatre, his play The Realistic Joneses was on Broadway in 2014, direct ...

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The Open House premiered in New York City at the Signature Theatre in February of 2014, under the direction of Oliver Butler. 

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