When Is A Clock

by  Matthew Freeman

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  5m, 3f

When Gordon's wife vanishes, the only clue to her whereabouts is a bookmark in dog-eared copy of Traveling to Montpelier. With little help to be found at work, from his son, or from the police, Gordon takes off to a rural bookstore to find some answers. At turns both scathingly funny and disturbingly compelling, When Is A Clock features Freeman's celebrated deconstruction of American culture - which has been called "nonviolent, though as savage as any slasher film" by the New York Times.

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When Is A Clock

by  Matthew Freeman

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    5m, 3f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Mystery/Thriller
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Monologues
    • Scene work
    • Competition or audition material
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

When Gordon's wife vanishes, the only clue to her whereabouts is a bookmark in dog-eared copy of Traveling to Montpelier. With little help to be found at work, from his son, or from the police, Gordon takes off to a rural bookstore to find some answers. His journey brings him to the town of Cornersville, in the wilds of Pennsylvania. Through a fractured narrative that is half-mystery and half-memory, we learn about Gordon's marriage, his relationship with his son, his work-life and his wife's bizarre entanglements with a mysterious stranger. We learn, too, about the nature of the landscape unique to the play: a magical universe with physics and laws that can both free the characters from their own stifling identities, and trap them as well. Synchronicity, dreams, and alchemy combine in this exploration of what it means to be able to – and unable to – change. At turns both scathingly funny and disturbingly compelling, When Is A Clock features Freeman's celebrated deconstruction of American culture - which has been called "nonviolent, though as savage as any slasher film" by the New York Times.

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Reviews

REVIEWS:

"There s a monologue that deserves to be enshrined in some kind of hall of fame: it's savvy and preposterous and utterly original...appealingly abnormal..." - Neil Genzlinger, The New York Times

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September 4, 2013

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Professional Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: Various settings throughout Pennsylvania.
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable

Music

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

Casting

5m, 3f
GORDON - a middle aged man
BRONWYN - a middle aged woman
ALEX - Gordon and Bronwyn's son
SEAN - who owns a bookstore in Cornersville
CAROLINE - a co-worker of Gordon's
COP - a Cop
LUCY - a young woman
CALDWELL -a co-worker of Gordon's
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Cast Attributes

  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)

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Authors

Matthew Freeman

Matthew Freeman's plays have been seen on stages throughout New York City: at the Access Theater, The Brick Theater in Williamsburg, Brooklyn; HERE Arts Center; The Metropolitan Playhouse, Fourth Street Theater and at the Incubator Arts Project at St. Mark’s Church. His work has been published by Samuel French, Smith & ...

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2008 - Access Theater - Blue Coyote Theater Group

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