The Novelist (Rebeck)

by  Theresa Rebeck

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  3m, 3f

Formerly titled, The Butterfly Collection.

"Charming and desctrutive...It's part of the charm that keeps you coming back to a Rebeck play." - Dallas Morning News

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The Novelist (Rebeck)

by  Theresa Rebeck

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 3f
  • Duration


    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

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Formerly titled, The Butterfly Collection.

A hit from Playwrights' Horizons in 2000, this delicious play by the author of Spike Heels and The Family of Mann is an intelligent and funny ensemble drama. A family of artists are both cruelly destructive and fiercely protective of each other. Paul, a Nobel winning novelist suffering from writer's block, his elegant but feisty wife, two sons an actor and an antique dealer and the actor's girlfriend are together for the first time in ages. Enter Paul's new assistant, a talented and passionate writing student. Bitter, funny chaos ensues.

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Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Professional Theatre

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance



  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: The living room of a large, rambling New England country home.
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


3m, 3f
PAUL - an aging book writer
MARGARET - Paul's wife
SOPHIE - Paul's writing assistant
ETHAN - Paul's older son
LAURIE - Ethan's girlfriend
FRANK - Paul's younger son
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Theresa Rebeck

Theresa Rebeckis a widely produced playwright throughout the United States and abroad. New York productions of her work include Dead Accounts at the Music Box Theatre; Seminar at the Golden Theatre; Mauritius at the Biltmore Theatre in a Manhattan Theater Club Production; The Scene, The Water’s Edge, Loose Knit, The Fa ...

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The Novelist premiered at the Dorest Theatre Festival in Dorest, VT in August 2010 under the direction of Jeremy Cohen.

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