School for Trophy Wives

by  Freyda Thomas

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  5m, 3f

School for Trophy Wives is loosely based on Molière’s L’Ecole des Femmes. It is set in present day Hollywood, with all the accompanying glitz, glamour, and garishness we have come to know and spoof in Tinseltown. 

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School for Trophy Wives

by  Freyda Thomas

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    5m, 3f
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Adaptations (Stage & Screen)
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

School for Trophy Wives is loosely based on Molière’s L’Ecole des Femmes. It is set in present day Hollywood, with all the accompanying glitz, glamour, and garishness we have come to know and spoof in Tinseltown. In this version, Arnolphe is Arnie, a Hollywood producer who has finally made it big after years of clawing his way to the top. He now wants to settle down with a wife and kids. He is MUCH older than his protégée Agnes, whom he found on a farm when she was 4, “adopted” as his ward, and raised, until he realizes, at her graduation, that she would be a perfect wife for him. Having made fun of his colleagues and all their trophy wives over the years, he must take special care that no whiff of scandal will ever hit him from the cover of People Magazine or the Hollywood Reporter, and that his wife will never adhere to the “trophy standards” his friends have had to deal with. This is where Molière comes in, but with some 21st century flair.
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Keywords

Love, Marriage

Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Casting

5m, 3f
ARNIE (PHIL FORREST) - A Hollywood producer (50s)
AGNES - His ward, 17
HAL - A young suitor to Agnes (20s)
CHRIS - Arnie’s friend and the voice of reason (50s)
ALÓN - A Hispanic, longtime factotum to Arnie (30s and up)
JORJINA (Hor-heena) - His wife (30s and up)
EVE - Agnes’ long lost mother (40s)
RON - Hal’s father, a friend of Arnie’s (50s)
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Cast Attributes

  • Multicultural casting

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Authors

Freyda Thomas

Freyda Thomas

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