The Old One-Two

by  A.R. Gurney

Short Play, Drama  /  2m, 1f

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The Old One-Two

by  A.R. Gurney

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 1f
  • Duration

    Duration

    40 minutes
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Cutting Approved for Competition
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

A professor of Classics becomes obsessed with a female student who challenges the relevance of his course and finally leads him into an overnight affair. Meanwhile, the dean of the department, joining her in the attempt to bring the curriculum up-to-date, has become involved in a sly relationship with the professor’s mysterious wife. The play is saved from a tragic ending by a sudden surprising discovery.

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Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Duration: 40 minutes
  • Setting: A college town; fall of the current academic year. 
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

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

Casting

2m, 1f

AUGUSTUS HOLDER - Professor of Classics at an American university

SUSAN GREEN - A student

THE DEAN

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Cast Attributes

  • Not Applicable

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Authors

A.R. Gurney

A.R. (“Pete”) Gurney was born in 1930 in Buffalo, New York. He graduated from Williams College in 1952, served as an officer in the Navy, and afterwards attended the Yale School of Drama. For many years, he taught literature at M.I.T., but moved to New York in 1982 to devote more time to writing for the theatre. He has ...

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