Important Hats of the Twentieth Century

by  Nick Jones

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  8m, 1f

"Part sci-fi parody, part Ayn Rand spoof and 100% screwball comedy, Important Hats...leaves no punchline unpunched." - The Wall Street Journal

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Important Hats of the Twentieth Century

by  Nick Jones

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    8m, 1f
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Farce, Science Fiction
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Off-Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

Sam Greevy is the toast of 1920s women’s apparel, until the maverick fashion designer Sam Roms springs his radical creations on the world. The Sweatshirt, The Track Suit, Skater Pants: the clothes he comes up with are as from another dimension, and maybe they are. As Greevy tries to adapt to rapidly changing fashions, a parallel drama unfolds in Albany, circa 1998: a teenager stoner keeps losing articles of clothing, and a man keeps bursting out of his closet and taking them.
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Reviews

REVIEWS 

"Jones hilariously employs the clichés of Hollywood sci-fi and disaster films, complete with pseudoscientific jargon, a deranged villain, and an epic final battle in which the time-traveling convention really gets a workout. It's unapologetically silly fun..." - TheatreMania, Read More 

"Part sci-fi parody, part Ayn Rand spoof and 100% screwball comedy, Important Hats...leaves no punchline unpunched." - The Wall Street Journal, Read More 

"One of the most delightfully original comedies to show up in these parts for far too long a stretch." - The Huffington Post, Read More 


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  • Actor Carson Elrod discusses Important Hats of the Twentieth Century
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Keywords

Betrayal, Business, Media

Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • Artboard 3 Gun Shots
  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1990s, 1930s
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: New York City, 1937 & Albany, 1998.
  • Additional Features: Puppetry
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Casting

8m, 1f
SAM GREEVY - early-mid thirties
T.B. DOYLE - mid thirties
PAUL ROMS - late twenties-early thirties
DARRYL - man in his early forties
BEV - a woman in her thirties
JONATHAN - a boy of 16
KERN - a New York cop, circa 1937
STAN - an Albany cop, circa 1998
BROOKS - an Albany cop, circa 1998
BILLY BARNES - the editor of the New York Tribune.
REPORTER 1
REPORTER 2
FANNY - the nurse
MARGARET
SECRETARY
PEDESTRAIN
FIREMAN
PROFESSOR CLARK STEWART
MAN IN UNDERSHIRT
WOMEN AT SEWING MACHINES
JIMMY THE BUTTON MAN
DOCTOR CROMWELL
WINSTON DIRK - a radio announcer
JAY GOULD - another radio announcer
MUTANT MONSTER 1
MUTANT MONSTER 2
SMALL CHILD
ABRAHAM LINCOLN
18th CNETURY NOBLEWOMAN
BIBLICAL AGE SHEEP HERDER
TURK FROM THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE
FRENCH CORSAIR
ROMAN SOLDIER
A BUTTERFLY - (puppet)
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Casting Notes

The casting breakdown for 8 men and 1 woman is as follows:

SAM GREEVY
T.B. DOYLE
PAUL ROMS
KERN / FRENCH CORSAIR
MAN 1: JONATHAN / REPORTER 1 / JAY GOULD / ROMAN SOLDIER
MAN 2: DOCTOR CROMWELL / WINSTON DIRK / BROOKS / SHEEP HERDER
MAN 3: DARRYL / BILLY BARNES / MAN IN UNDERSHIRT / MUTANT MONSTER 1 / FIREMAN / TURK IN OTTOMAN EMPIRE
MAN 4: JIMMY THE BUTTON MAN / REPORTER 2 / STAN / BUTTON MAN / MUTANT MONSTER 2 / PEDESTRIAN / ABRAHAM LINCOLN / PROFESSOR CLARK STEWART
WOMAN: FANNY / BEV / MARGARET / SECRETARY / NOBLEWOMAN 

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Authors

Nick Jones

Nick Jones is a Los Angeles based writer. His play TREVOR has won numerous awards and is widely produced. His play THE COWARD received its world premiere at Lincoln Center Theater’s LCT3 in winter 2010, under the direction of Sam Gold. Other plays include VERITE, and IMPORTANT HATS OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY. Nick is als ...

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Important Hats of the Twentieth Century premiered at the Manhattan Theatre Club in New York City in November 2015.

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