The Most Deserving

by  Catherine Trieschmann

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  3m, 3f

Who is the Most Deserving? A tart, sharp skewing of small town cultural wars. 

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The Most Deserving

by  Catherine Trieschmann

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 3f
  • Duration


    90 minutes
  • SubGenre


    Not Applicable
  • Accolades


    From Off-Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

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A small town arts council has $20,000 to award to a local artist with an “under-represented American voice.” Should they choose the teacher/painter of modest talent or the self-taught artist who creates religious figures out of trash? This comedy explores how gossip, politics and opinions of art can decide who is the most deserving.

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“FRISKY NEW COMEDY!...A big accomplished writer's voice”The New York Times, Read More

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“A hilarious ride!” – The Village Voice, Read More

“Sharp, Funny, & Witty! Brilliant!” – Curtain Up, Read More

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“Delicious & raucous! A brilliant script, inventive direction and impeccable performances! A HIT!” – Theatre Reviews Limited, Read More

“Quick and lively, the laughs keep coming. Hilarious and fun!” – Theater Pizzazz, Read More


THE MOST DESERVING: A Chat with Playwright Catherine Trieschmann
by Courtney Kochuba
February 25, 2015


  • THE MOST DESERVING at Women's Project Theater
  • THE MOST DESERVING Interview Teaser
  • BTS: The Most Deserving
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Performing Groups

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


  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance



  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: Ellis County, Kansas - the present
    an art galley
    Ted and Jolene's bedroom
    Edie's living room
    Everett's barn studio

  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


3m, 3f
JOLENE ATKINSON - late 40s-50s. Head of the Ellis County Arts Council. Very fit, energetic and controlling. A native Kansan. Caucasian.
TED ATKINSON - early 50s. Jolene's husband. Originally from a suburb of Manchester, England. A bit of a burn out. Reporter at the local paper.
LIZ CHANG - 30s. An assistant art professor at the local community college. Intelligent but her ambition outstrips her ability. Asian-American.
EDIE KELCH - 60s-70s. A recent widow in the midst of an identity crisis. A native Kansan. Caucasian.
DWAYNE DEAN - 50s-60s. An unemployed good ole boy and artist. A native Kansan. Caucasian.
EVERETT WHITESIDE- 40s-60s. A paraplegic, self-taught artist. A native Kansan. African American.
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Multicultural casting


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Catherine Trieschmann

Catherine Trieschmann’s plays include The Bridegroom of Blowing Rock, Crooked, How the World Began, Hot Georgia Sunday, The Most Deserving, Holy Laughter, OZ 2.5 and One House Over. Her work has been produced Off-Broadway at the Women’s Project, the Bush Theatre (London), Out of Joint at the Arcola Theatre (London), So ...

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The Most Deserving received its world premiere at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts in 2013. The Most Deserving had its' New York premiere at the Women's Project Theatre on the New York City Center Stage II in March 2014. It also played at Theater Schmeater in Seattle, WA in March 2015.

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