Aphrodisiac

by  Rob Handel

Full Length Play, Drama  /  1m, 2f

Congressman Dan Ferris is being questioned about the disappearance of intern Ilona Waxman. Sound awkward? Imagine if he was your dad...


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Aphrodisiac

by  Rob Handel

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    1m, 2f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Mystery/Thriller
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

Congressman Dan Ferris is being questioned about the disappearance of intern Ilona Waxman. Sound awkward? Imagine if he was your dad. When Congressman Ferris's response puts his children in an even more awkward position, they search for the truth by improvising a drama of loyalty, seduction, and betrayal. Until Monica Lewinsky interrupts...
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Reviews

"A genuine thrill ride. As dizzying as a Nabokov-written episode of The West Wing." - The New York Sun

"Handel intelligently weaves together the threads of the story, and the characters shift voices and perspectives with little or no advanced warning...This lends much of the dialogue a witty, unpredictable texture..." - talkinbroadway.com

"A cynical black comedy that's bathed in a kind of playfulness." - Denver Post

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • 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: Contemporary, New Millennium/21st Century
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: Washington, D.C. and New York City, early Summer 2001 and early Summer 2002.
  • Additional Features: No intermission

Music

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

Casting

1m, 2f
ALMA
AVERY
MONICA
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

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Authors

Rob Handel

Rob Handel was a founding member of the playwrights’ collective 13P, which won four Obie Awards, and heads the dramatic writing program at Carnegie Mellon University. Recently, he wrote the libretti for a cycle of mini-operas produced by Opera Theater Summerfest via a commissioning grant from Opera America. His latest ...

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Originally produced in New York City by 13P, January 2005.
Subsequently produced by Long Wharf Theatre, December 7, 2005.

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