Elective Affinities

by  David Adjmi

Monologues, Dramatic Comedy  /  1f

A one-woman play featuring a witty octogenarian offering a funny and savage portrait of cultured life.


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Elective Affinities

by  David Adjmi

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    1f
  • Duration

    Duration

    30 minutes
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Off-Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

Elective Affinities takes the audience into the apartment of Alice, an octogenarian offering a funny and savage portrait of cultured life, promising to initiate a vital discourse about what it means to be civilized.
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Accolades

  • David Adjmi is the 2010 recipient of the Whiting Award for Drama

Reviews

REVIEWS

“If you’re one of the lucky few whom [Alice Hauptmann] has summoned to tea this month…I strongly urge you to accept.”
- New York Time, Read More

“Adjmi’s playlet is tiny, but its eloquent, perverse core of coolly rationalized cruelty continues to gain mass and weight in my head.” [Four stars]
- Time Out New York, Read More

“Elective Affinities belongs to the rarely explored genre of metaphysical theatre…"
- The New Yorker, Read More

Videos

  • ELECTIVE AFFINITIES POST-SHOW CHAT: THE IDEA OF THE UPPER EAST SIDE
  • Elective Affinities: The Politics of the Play
  • Elective Affinities: Creative Team Talk
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Keywords

Aging, Death, Love, Politics

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Setting: The apartment of Alice Hauptmann. Elective Affinities can be performed in site specific locations. 
  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Casting

1f

ALICE HAUPTMANN - A witty, civilized, and highly sophisticated octogenarian.

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Cast Attributes

  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

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Authors

David Adjmi

David Adjmi was called "virtuosic" by the New York Times and he was listed as one of the Top Ten in Culture for 2011 by The New Yorker magazine. His play Marie Antoinette received a critically acclaimed world premiere co-production with A.R.T. and Yale Rep. The play won 3 Connecticut Critics Circle Awards including Bes ...

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Elective Afftinites was commissioned by the Royal Court Theatre. It was given staged readings by the Royal Court (with Jane Asher, dir. Phyllis Nagy), Lincoln Center & the Pearl Theatre/Wendy Vandenheuvel (both with Marian Seldes) and premiered at the Royal Shakespeare Company in October, 2005. 

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