Al's Business Cards

by  Josh Koenigsberg

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  4m, 1f

A New York Times Critic's Pick!

"Plenty of young writers hit on a good opening gimmick for a play but don't know where to go with it after the first scene or two. Josh Koenigsberg doesn't have that problem in Al's Business Cards...

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Al's Business Cards

by  Josh Koenigsberg

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4m, 1f
  • Duration

    Duration

    75 Minutes
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Off-Broadway, New York Times Critic's Pick
  • Audience

    Target Audience

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

Additional Info

When New Jersey Gaffing Assistant Al Gurvis accidentally gets his new business cards swapped with those of real-estate agent Eileen Lee, he's mildly annoyed. Little does he know that this tiny mix up has sparked a chain reaction which will ultimately ruin his life. A comedy about waking up from the American Dream.

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Reviews

"CRITICS PICK! Plenty of young writers hit on a good opening gimmick for a play but don't know where to go with it after the first scene or two. Josh Koenigsberg doesn't have that problem in Al's Business Cards, a zippy new comedy." - The New York Times

"Koenigsberg's characters are ... goofy as all get-out, but he has written them with so much affection ... that we love them and root for them, warts and all." - NYTheatre.com

"Al's Business Cards, [is]a sweet-tempered sitcom by Josh Koenigsberg... The twisty plot turns on complications that arise when a New Jersey print shop mixes up the business cards of a non-union electrician and a pretty real estate agent. Koenigsberg smartly shows that the mistakes and misunderstandings -- both comic and hurtful -- are largely based on assumptions about gender, class and ethnicity." - Variety

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Senior Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
  • Tours

Cautions

  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Duration: 75 Minutes
  • Setting:

    Elizabeth, New Jersey

  • Additional Features: No intermission, Physical Comedy
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Casting

4m, 1f

AL GURVIS – A gaffi ng assistant. Light-skinned Indian male who almost looks Hispanic. Has aspirations.
BARRY BARRINI – Al’s co-worker. White male. Not the brightest bulb.
EILEEN LEE – A real-estate agent. White female. Recovering alcoholic.
DANIEL LUCE – Eileen’s soon-to-be-ex-husband. White male. Alcoholic.
JOSE ALVAREZ – Private Investigator. Hispanic male. Slick.

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Cast Attributes

  • Role(s) for Latino Actor(s)
  • Ensemble cast
  • Multicultural casting

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Authors

Josh Koenigsberg

Josh Koenigsberg is a Drama Desk-nominated playwright and screenwriter. His plays have been produced and developed by Ars Nova, At Play, The Atlantic Theater, The Living Newspaper, Manhattan Theatre Club, Naked Angels, The Old Vic, The Public Theater, Second Stage, SPACE on Ryder Farm, Williamstown Theater Festival, th ...

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