The Mayor's Limo

by  Mark Nassar

Full Length Play, Drama  /  7m, 2f

Three veteran detectives of New York's seedy 9th Precinct are assigned to a case involving a filthy but intriging culrpit named "Banzai". Banzai. a high school football star who lost his entire family in a fire, has many skeletons in his closet but he elicits the sympathy of the three detectives. While they weigh their sympathies and personal values against their obligations as police officers, a reporter ignites events that unleash Banzai's lurking demons.

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The Mayor's Limo

by  Mark Nassar

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    7m, 2f
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior

Additional Info

A major bust is called off for political reasons, leaving three veteran detectives stewing in the squad room of New York's seedy 9th Precinct. A loud mouthed hooker who tempts and taunts has been cuffed to a chair when a whacked out man is hauled in for relieving himself on the Mayor's limousine during a demonstration orchestrated by advocates for the homeless. The politically motivated Captain orders an investigation, hoping to uncover past crimes to offset the Mayor's embarrassment. Disgusted by the assignment and by the culprit's filth but intrigued by his quick witted barbs, the detectives learn that "Banzai" was a high school football star who lost his entire family in a fire. Before he disappeared, he apparently assaulted the acquitted arsonists with a baseball bat. While they weigh their sympathies and personal values against their obligations as police officers, a reporter for the Village Voice and a spokesman for the homeless ignite events that unleash Banzai's lurking demons.
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"Nassar's gritty, funny. potty-mouthed drama about a homeless man who pees on the mayor's car has played at The Kraine Theater since September and deserves its long run." - The New York Times


Performing Groups

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

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance



  • Setting: Detective Squard Room in New York City, September 2002.
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)


7m, 2f

DETECTIVE MATTY KOPAC - Early 50s; even-handed, experienced, and practical; has a particular disdain for internal politics.
DETECTIVE OWEN GLEASON - Earky 40s; a by-the-book detective who is increasingly disenchated with the force; a family man.
DETECTIVE PAUL D'AMICO - Early 30s; a young buck, rule-bender with a mind of his own; truly enjoys the action of the job.
GILLY - 20s; he's a rookie cop; not physically or emotionally suited to his job.
CAPTAIN GOULD - 40s; head of the precinct; petty.
MARTEL - Mid-20s to late-30s; she's a street hooker with a smart mouth.
BENNY "BANZAI" LAMBO - Mid-20s to late-30s; a homeless man torn apart by demons of guilt; has glimmers of intelligence and wit but suffers from dementia and schizophrenia.
ANN MARIE LIBRESCA - 30s-40s; a Village Voice reporter who cares about the issue she writes about.
SAMMY BROWN - Black and in his 30s or 40s. He is homeless but sees himself as an activist for the cause of those living on the street.
POST PHOTOGRAPHER - Usually played by actor who performs Gilly; enters at the end of the play to snap photos.

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Mark Nassar

Mark Nassar is the co-creator of "Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding," the longest running Off-Broadway comedy in New York City history. He originated the role of “Tony,” when the play debuted in NYC and presented the role in cities across the country including Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston and San Francisco. Mr. Nassar is a pro ...

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New York City Premiere: The Kraine Theater; September 17, 2002. Directed by Santo Fazio.

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