Sorrows of Stephen

by  Peter Parnell

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  4m, 6f

"Breezy and buoyant. A real romantic comedy... Sophisticated and sentimental, with an ageless attitude toward the power of positive love." - The New York Times

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Sorrows of Stephen

by  Peter Parnell

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4m, 6f
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Off-Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

Stephen is a headstrong, impetuous, irrepressible romantic unable not to be in love. One of his models is Goethe's tragic hero Werther, but as a young, contemporary New Yorker he's adaptable. He believes there is a literary precedent for all romantic possibilities that justifies his choices. With enthusiasm bordering on fickleness, he turns from Tolstoy, to Stendhal or Balzac. And Stephen's never discouraged he can withstand rivers of rejection. His affairs, real and tentative, begin when his girl friend leaves him. He makes a romantic stab at a female cab driver, passes an assignation note to an unknown lady at the opera, flirts with an accessible waitress, and then has a tragic with comic overtones affair with his best friend's fiancee.
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Reviews

REVIEWS

"Breezy and buoyant. A real romantic comedy... Sophisticated and sentimental, with an ageless attitude toward the power of positive love. " - The New York Times

Considerations

Performing Groups

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

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Setting: Stephen Hurt's apartment, and various places around New York City

Casting

4m, 6f
STEPHEN HURT
CHRISTINE
WILLIAM
LIZ
TAXI LADY (Ginny Tremaine)
WAITRESS (Sophia Pickle)
BUM (Howard Fisbein)
MAN AT THE OPERA
WOMAN AT THE OPERA
HOTEL DESK CLERK
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Authors

Peter Parnell

Peter Parnell

Sorrows of Stephen premiered at The Public Theatre in New York City in November 1979 under the direction of Sheldon Larry.

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