Harry Thaw Hates Everybody

by  Laural Meade

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

Winner! Los Angeles Drama Critics' Circle award for Best Writing

"One of the 10 best plays of the year. Writer-director Laural Meade's inspired explosion of history, the underside of Ragtime." – The Los Angeles Times

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Harry Thaw Hates Everybody

by  Laural Meade

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Harry Thaw Hates Everybody is a genre-bending, high-speed, turn-of-the-century romp in four acts – each in a different theatrical style: vaudeville, living newspaper, courtroom farce and post-modern collage. Set against a backdrop of gilded-age opulence and accompanied by authentic period songs, the play takes as its starting point the real-life 1906 murder of New York's architectural eminence Stanford White at the hands of deranged coal baron Harry Thaw, his rival for the affections of Broadway super-soubrette Evelyn Nesbit.

Using an eclectic mix of American pomp splashed with turn-of-the-century burlesque theatrics, Harry Thaw serves up a comedic tour de force for four great performers and a darkly whimsical look at the clash between hedonism and poverty, the emotional toll of romantic excess, and murderous revenge a la high society.
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Accolades

  • Winner! Los Angeles Drama Critics' Circle award for Best Writing

Reviews

"One of the 10 best plays of the year. Writer-director Laural Meade's inspired explosion of history, the underside of Ragtime." – The Los Angeles Times

"A provocative new work… A must-see, with its savage mirth and social rage…The decision to slice the play into four distinct styles elevates it structurally into a work of epistemology – a saga calling in to question not only the motives for the killing, but the shifting frame of truth itself…" – LA Weekly

"How to describe this racy, rip-roarin’ new review? Unique, hilarious, heady warped fun? Captivatingly crazy? Unconventional? There’s something about Harry that goes beyond mere adjectives... fun galore!" – Back Stage West

"Good as Gild! …Harry Thaw shows you how to party like it’s just after 1899!" – Los Angeles Downtown News

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