Welcome to the White Room

by  Trish Harnetiaux

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

"Harnetiaux plays some really neato tricks on your too-big human brain that, trust me, you'll dig. Toss in razor sharp acting, engaged direction, a gaspy third act twist [...] really, what could be better?" - The Bad Oracle

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Welcome to the White Room

by  Trish Harnetiaux

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 1f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Farce, Experimental, Science Fiction
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

The room is completely white. We discover Ms. White, Jennings, and Mr. Paine shortly after they have arrived, and follow their journey as they attempt to figure out exactly what they are meant to be doing. There are letters that only Ms. White can read. There is the arrival of The Last Deck of Cards in the World – and with, at all times, one-thing-leading-to-another – somewhere between throwing a party, suppressing sexual tensions, and dancing a tango – this senseless world summons its puppeteer, who’s in for a big surprise.

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Accolades

  • Winner of the 2014 New Blood Award for Best Play, presented by The Bad Oracle

Reviews

REVIEWS

"Illusions are enigmatic, but what happens when the lines are competley blurred and life takes on the kind of dream-like twist that only eating an entire meat-lovers pizza just before bed can induce? Pure whimsy -- which may be the best way to describe Trish Harnetiaux's new play, Welcome to the White Room." - Baltimore Post-Examiner

"Harnetiaux plays some really neato tricks on your too-big human brain that, trust me, you'll dig. Toss in razor sharp acting, engaged direction, a gaspy third act twist [...] really, what could be better?" - The Bad Oracle

"At times the show almost feels like a send up of some of the most pretentious, self-important theater of this type I've ever seen. And I loved it. The sense of humor that infuses the whole preceeding makes it buoyant, not draffy, effervescent, not ponderous - like it took a shot of Fizzy Lifting Drink." - The Bad Oracle 

"[...] with a stream of clever lines and physical comedy [...] We're in this together, it seems, and there's more than enough to chew on before some secrets are revealed in the final moments." - City Paper

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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
  • Tours

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: The White Room.
  • Additional Features: No intermission, Physical Comedy, Multimedia
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Casting

3m, 1f

MS. WHITE - Female, 30s
MR. PAINE - Male, 40s
JENNINGS - Male, 50s
PATRICK - Male, 20s

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Cast Attributes

  • Role(s) for Asian Actor(s)
  • Role(s) for Black Actor(s)
  • Role(s) for Latino Actor(s)
  • Ensemble cast
  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Flexible casting
  • Local Celebrity Cameo
  • Multicultural casting
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

Casting Notes

Diverse casting is encouraged. 

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Authors

Trish Harnetiaux

Trish Harnetiaux’s full length plays include Tin Cat Shoes (Ars Nova / Playwrights Horizons SuperLab / Clubbed Thumb/ Summerworks), How to Get into Buildings (New Georges / The Brick / Soho Rep Lab), Welcome to the White Room (Theatre of NOTE) and If You Can Get to Buffalo (Incubator Arts Project / Son of Semele Ensemb ...

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Welcome to the White Room premiered at Glass Mind Theatre in Baltimore, MD in December 2014 under the direction of Chris Cotterman.

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