The Zero Hour (George)

by  Madeleine George

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

"A lucid drama. Appealingly brainy and messy, George's play never settles for an easy metaphor or emotion. It cross-examines our pat notions of history and love."- The New Yorker

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The Zero Hour (George)

by  Madeleine George

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    1m, 2f
  • Duration

    Duration

    105 Minutes
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Princess Grace
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Scene work
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

Rebecca and her chronically unemployed butch girlfriend, O, have created a happy nest in their run-down walk-up in Queens, but things are starting to unravel. The more O pushes Rebecca to stop hiding their relationship, the more Rebecca's work life—writing a textbook for seventh graders about the Holocaust— begins to bleed into her personal life: She starts meeting World War II Nazis on the 7 train, passing as hipster professionals in New York City but hungry to come out about who they really are. Back home in Queens, O is also sparring with convincingly real visions: her long estranged—and recently dead?—mother keeps showing up to argue with her about her choices. This almost-love story explores the relationship between honesty and cruelty: How do you tell the truth about yourself when that truth might devastate the people you love? A tour-de-force for two actors playing eight different roles.
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REVIEWS

"A lucid drama. Appealingly brainy and messy, George's play never settles for an easy metaphor or emotion. It cross-examines our pat notions of history and love.- The New Yorker

"Grabs our interest from its first provocative line. The Zero Hour is a work to savor."- Back Stage

"Bold, thoughtful, and incredibly beautiful."" - CurtainUp

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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: New Millennium/21st Century
  • Duration: 105 Minutes
  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

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

Casting

1m, 2f

O – 26, butch dyke, intense, unemployed, recovering
WASP THE THERAPIST – 45
THE LONELY NAZI
THE EAGER NAZI
THE TENDER NAZI
…all played by the actor who plays O

REBECCA – 29, corporate femme, educated, graceful, Jewish
RAE WILCOX – 59, O’s mother
LILY HIRSCHORN – 64, REBECCA’s mother
…both played by the actor who plays REBECCA

THE ALL-AMERICAN NAZI, a.k.a. “DOUG,” 32

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Authors

Madeleine George

Madeleine George's plays The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence (Pulitzer Prize finalist), Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England (Susan Smith Blackburn finalist), Precious Little, and The Zero Hour (Jane Chambers Award, Lambda Literary Award finalist), have been produced by Playwrights Horizons, 13P, Clubbe ...

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THE ZERO HOUR was first produced by 13P (Thirteen Playwrights, Inc.) at Walkerspace, New York, in 2010. The performance was directed by Adam Greenfield and produced by Rachel Karpf (Preston Copley, associate producer)

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