Untold Damage

by  Gardner McKay

Full Length Play, Dark Comedy  /  4m, 2f, 1m or f

"Murderously funny, moving play...It focuses on the various natures of true love." - The Los Angeles Times

"Off center comedy drama of the Jerome family coming of age, in spite of bizarre behavior madness, duplicity and even a touch of incest.... [It] has truly touching moments.... Mr. McKay's writing is at top form, powerfully funny and wise." - Variety

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Untold Damage

by  Gardner McKay

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4m, 2f, 1m or f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Cutting Approved for Competition
    • Scene work
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

For six years Tomby has pretended to be retarded while his twin brother has tried to kill him, his sister is in love with him and her finance wants him dead. Father is brain damaged from a Navy wound and it is up to hard working Mom to hold the family together. She knows everyone's secrets but keeps them to herself so the family boat won't rock. The play opens on the eve of the twins' birthday. Winner of a NEA grant when presented at Actors Studio and produced on PBS Television Theatre with Richard Dreyfuss and Geraldine Fitzgerald, this is an unusual family story.

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Reviews

REVIEWS

"Murderously funny, moving play.... It focuses on the various natures of true love." - L.A. Times

"Off center comedy drama of the Jerome family coming of age, in spite of bizarre behavior madness, duplicity and even a touch of incest.... [It] has truly touching moments.... Mr. McKay's writing is at top form, powerfully funny and wise." - Variety

"Hilarious, stirring and deep." - Herald Examiner

Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

4m, 2f, 1m or f

THOMAS Tomby VICKERY - (18) mentally retarded
GREG Ga VICKERY - (18) his twin brother
SHELLEY Sissy VICKERY - (24) his sister
LLOYD Poppa VICKERY - (50s) his father
LOUISE Momma VICKERY - (50s) his mother
RICHARDRick FORTE - (late 20s) Sissy's ex-fiance
IRENE MANN - (50s) of the Veteran's Administration

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Cast Attributes

  • Cross gender casting
  • Expandable casting
  • Features Teens

Casting Notes

Mrs. Mann will be played as a woman by either a male or a female actor.

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Authors

Gardner McKay

George Cadogan Gardner McKay (1932-2001) was born in Manhattan, New York City. His early years were spent in France, Connecticut, and Kentucky. At age fifteen, he published his first story. He attended Cornell University where he edited the humor magazine, wrote a film review column for the paper, and was briefly presi ...

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