Seasonal Allergies

by  Katherine DiSavino, Kevin Mead

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  3m, 3f, 1boy(s) or girl(s)

Do you have Seasonal Allergies? You might be experiencing the symptoms of them and not even know it. Seasonal Allergies tend to show themselves right around the holidays: do you feel a tickle in the back of your throat when you realize your vegetable dishes cooked faster than you thought, and now they’re ready a full hour before the turkey will be out of the oven? Do your eyes water uncontrollably after you’ve nearly broken your back climbing into the attic to find the Christmas lights (and then discover that only half the strand lights up)? Do you find yourself overheated when family members decide to extend their vacation and “hang out” for a few more days in your home?

Then you, my friend, have got Seasonal Allergies. And you are not alone! 9 out of 10 people have Seasonal Allergies, but nobody has a case worse than Julia Shelby and her brother Peter. So get ready to laugh away your throat tickle, and clear your sinuses with a healthy dose of Holiday Fun.

 

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 3f, 1boy(s) or girl(s)
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Christmas/Holiday, Romantic Comedy
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13)
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

Do you have Seasonal Allergies? You might be experiencing the symptoms of them and not even know it. Seasonal Allergies tend to show themselves right around the holidays: do you feel a tickle in the back of your throat when you realize your vegetable dishes cooked faster than you thought, and now they’re ready a full hour before the turkey will be out of the oven? Do your eyes water uncontrollably after you’ve nearly broken your back climbing into the attic to find the Christmas lights (and then discover that only half the strand lights up)? Do you find yourself overheated when family members decide to extend their vacation and “hang out” for a few more days in your home?

Then you, my friend, have got Seasonal Allergies. And you are not alone! 9 out of 10 people have Seasonal Allergies, but nobody has a case worse than Julia Shelby and her brother Peter. So get ready to laugh away your throat tickle, and clear your sinuses with a healthy dose of Holiday Fun.

 

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Reviews

“SEASONAL ALLERGIES is a funny, heartwarming story about friends, family, and holiday stresses…this is a kinder, gentler comedy, more a Neil Simon family tale than a Ray Cooney family disaster, and the show is all the better for it.” – BroadwayWorld.com

"This is a delightfully funny play about a family dealing with one member in personal turmoil who comes to them seeking comfort, but turns into a monumental pain in the butt. The situation is real, the humor is real, but so is the sense of a family in turmoil trying to regain the warmth and love of the season." - Lancaster Intelligencer

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $90 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting:

    Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's in JULIA and THOMAS SHELBY'S Westchester County home. It's an open first floor, with a living room, kitchen and dining room all coexisting in a fluid layout. 

  • Additional Features: Physical Comedy
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Casting

3m, 3f, 1boy(s) or girl(s)

JULIA SHELBY – 39; professional chef and owner of a local restaurant in West Chester, NY.
THOMAS SHELBY – 39; Web/Graphic Designer, works from home, developed and sold an extremely popular mobile gaming app.
CHARLIE SHELBY – 8 – 10; loves karate; can be played by a boy or a girl. For a boy, full name is Charles Shelby. For a girl, full name is Charlotte Shelby.
PETE DUMBOWSKI – 35; a dentist; in the midst of a year-long divorce. Julia’s younger brother.
J.D. CUSIMANO – 40; runs his family’s florist shop; loves the New York Jets.
ALISON CUSIMANO – 38; a lawyer; 8 months into a rather unexpected pregnancy and despite all her complaining, loving every minute of it.
EMILY CANTWELL – 30s; neighbor of Julia and Thomas; widow.

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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Flexible casting
  • Roles for Children

Casting Notes

The role of "Charlie Shelby" can be played by a boy or a girl, with lines adjusted accordingly.

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Authors

Katherine DiSavino

Katherine DiSavino is a Los Angeles writer. She currently writes on the CW’s NANCY DREW, and before that she wrote for the CW’s THE OUTPOST. Katherine is featured on Tracking Board's "Young & Hungry" list of the top 100 New Writers in Hollywood. She has pitched on a number of film, television and digital projects an ...

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Kevin Mead

Kevin Mead is a Director and Writer who lives in Los Angeles, California. He's a recent graduate of the American Film Institute where he received an MFA in Directing, and is therefore now a "fancy man." He writes and directs movies and sketches, and also edits them sometimes. His work includes the short fil ...

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Seasonal Allergies was originally produced at the Rainbow Dinner Theatre in Pennsylvania in the Winter of 2013.

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