Hookman

by  Lauren Yee

Full Length Play, Dark Comedy  /  1m, 5f

In this existential slasher comedy, Lexi and her friends learn what it means to grow up – and it’s not pretty.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    1m, 5f
  • Duration

    Duration

    75 Minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Mystery/Thriller, Parody / Spoof
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

Freshman year at college is hard when your roommate is weird, you’re feeling homesick, and a hook-handed serial killer is slashing girls’ throats. But if Lexi can discover what really happened to her high school best friend on that car ride to the movies, everything will be okay. In this existential slasher comedy, Lexi and her friends learn what it means to grow up – and it’s not pretty.
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Reviews

REVIEWS 

"... bloodily funny … Yee’s funniest and, in some respects, most intriguing play …" - San Francisco Chronicle, Read More 

"... high-end gore with a progressive twist ... [Yee] shows us the boil of life's pressures on a young person, desperately trying to hang on to her own, crawling skin." - Chicago Tribune, Read More

"Hooked from the start … a rich and disturbing examination of loss, responsibility, maturity …" - Theatre Dogs, Read More 

"Hookman slays it." - A Beast in the Jungle, Read More 


Videos

  • Lauren Yee on Hookman
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Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: 75 Minutes
  • Setting: In the car / the Saturday of Thanksgiving break.
    University of Connecticut
    West Porter High
  • Additional Features: No intermission, Special Effects
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Casting

1m, 5f
LEXI - 18, female. Freshman at UConn. An only child.
JESS - 18, female. Freshman at UC Davis. Possibly Lexi’s best friend. Maternal.
YOONJI - 18, female. Freshman at UConn. Lexi’s roommate. Korean American. Passive aggressive, maybe an alcoholic.
CHLOE - 18, female. Freshman at UConn. Carries a large thermos of coffee. Thrilled to be alive.
KAYLEIGH - 15, female. Sophomore at West Porter High. On a quiet power trip. Better than Lexi.
HOOKMAN - old enough to be sketchy, male. Has a hook for a hand. Constantly looks hung over.
*The actor playing Hookman also plays: 
SEAN - 20, male. Junior at DePaul University. Plays intramural baseball. May be a rapist.
ADAM - 21, male. Senior at UConn. Lexi’s residential advisor. The local pot dealer.
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Cast Attributes

  • Role(s) for Asian Actor(s)

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Authors

Lauren Yee

Lauren was born and raised in San Francisco and currently lives in New York City. Her plays include CHING CHONG CHINAMAN (Pan Asian, Mu Performing Arts, SIS Productions, Impact Theatre), CREVICE (Impact), THE HATMAKER’S WIFE (The Playwrights Realm, The Hub, Moxie Theatre, AlterTheater, PlayPenn), HOOKMAN (Encore Theatr ...

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Hookman premiered at Encore Theatre Company in association with Z Space Theatre in San Francisco, CA in May of 2015 under the direction of Becca Wolff.

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