Heaven Help Me

by  Joe Simonelli

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  4m, 2f

The three Holloway brothers have a real problem. Their string of casual restaurants is failing – the black sheep, youngest brother Rollie owes money to every bookie in town, and they need to sell the family beach house to recapitalize the business.

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Heaven Help Me

by  Joe Simonelli

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4m, 2f
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Fantasy
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Perry nomination/best original play 2002
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences
    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

The three Holloway brothers have a real problem. Their string of casual restaurants is failing – the black sheep, youngest brother Rollie owes money to every bookie in town, and they need to sell the family beach house to recapitalize the business. The only problem is that their deceased fourth brother Fred is haunting the place and won’t vacate!

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Reviews

"Simonelli really knows his characters and he writes in a way which really gets to people. The play is very amusing, but it is also very touching." - Asbury Park Press

"A touching comedy/fantasy that displays bothwit and charm. Go see it now!" - Joe Franklin, Bloomberg Radio

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Senior Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol
  • Artboard 3 Gun Shots
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes
  • Caution Open Flame Open Flame

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $90 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: New Millennium/21st Century
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Additional Features: Special Effects, Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

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

Casting

4m, 2f

ROLLIE - (30-40) Youngest 'black sheep' sibling.

RITA - (25-35) Rollies latest flame. A naive blond with a heart of gold.

SAM - (40-50) Oldest sibling. Sentimental and stoical.

KEVIN - (35-45) Middle sibling and family accountant.

FRED (40-50) Oldest deceased brother who haunts the family beach house.

MARTHA (40 -50) Fred's no-nonsence widow.

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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

Joe Simonelli

Joe Simonelli has been writing and performing in plays since 2000. He has a B.S. in management from St. Francis College. He was exposed to Broadway theatre at an early young age and is also a musician, following in the footsteps of his father who had a popular wedding Orchestra in Brooklyn. He currently resides in Stat ...

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First Avenue Playhouse - Atlantic Highlands, NJ - 2002

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