Jacuzzi

Full Length Play, Dark Comedy  /  3m, 1f

“Exquisitely rendered […] Jacuzziholds you rapt!” - Time Out New York
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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 1f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Mystery/Thriller
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Off-Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

In the Marshall family’s peacefully remote Colorado ski chalet, Erik and Helene are making themselves very much at home. So at home, they just might stay for good. At the edge of civilization, the lifestyles of the rich collide with the lifestyles of the aimless in the bubbling waters of a hot tub...but beware what lurks beneath. 
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Reviews

REVIEWS

“Exquisitely rendered […] Jacuzzi holds you rapt!” - Time Out New York, Read More

"[It] has the savor of a crime drama, leavened with a slacker comic vibe […] the dialogue [is] weird and funny, and the hot tub plopped center stage looks so inviting it’s amazing audience members don’t strip off and slide in. Hot enough for you?” - The New Yorker, Read More

"A slow, killing pace appropriate to a Japanese horror movie. The tension is off the charts!" - Variety, Read More

"This mysterious theatrical striptease will haunt your thoughts for days after you leave the theater […] Jacuzzi slowly turns up the heat until the audience is in boiling water without even noticing." - TheatreMania, Read More

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Videos

  • Jacuzzi Ars Nova Trailer
  • Jacuzzi time lapse
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Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol
  • Caution Drugs Drugs
  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1990s
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: 1991. The living room of a private ski in/ski out chalet located on the mountainside above a small Colorado resort town. Inside the room: a Jacuzzi.


  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Casting

3m, 1f
HELENE - 20s/30s. Working class, local, good at fixing things. Together with Derek. 
DEREK - 30s. Working class, a quiet handyman. Together with Helene. 
BO - Early 20s. Trust fund baby. Son of Robert.
ROBERT - 50s. Father of BO. Wealthy, and finishing up divorce proceedings. 
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Non-Traditional casting

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Authors

Paul Thureen

Paul Thureen is a founding member and co-Artistic Director of The Debate Society, co-writing and starring in A Thought About Raya, The Snow Hen, You’re Welcome, The Eaten Heart, Cape Disappointment, Detroit and Buddy Cop 2. Recent New Yo ...

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Hannah Bos

Hannah Bos (writer/actor) is a founder and co-Artistic Director of The Debate Society, an Obie Award winning Theater Company. She has co-written and starred in all of the company’s plays: Jacuzzi (Ars Nova), Blood Play (Bushwick Starr/The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival/Williamstown Theatre Festival), Buddy C ...

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Oliver Butler

Oliver is a founding member and co-Artistic Director of The Debate Society and has directed and toured with the company. In New York Mr. Butler has directed the world premieres of The Lapsburgh Layover, Buddy Cop 2, Cape Disappointment, Goodbye New York Goodbye Heart, The Eate ...

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Jacuzzi was commissioned and developed by Ars Nova. Made by Ars Novaʼs 2012-2014 Company-in-Residence The Debate Society (Hannah Bos, Oliver Butler and Paul Thureen).

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