The Grown-Up

by  Jordan Harrison

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  4m, 2f

"Charming, exciting and full of childlike wonder, Harrison’s play is a magical, breathtaking trip." - Chicago Theatre Review

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4m, 2f
  • Duration


    75 Minutes
  • SubGenre


    Science Fiction
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

Ten year old Kai is given a magical crystal door-knob by his grandfather that enables him to travel through space and time to see future events in his life. The further along he goes, the less he feels like he's seeing into his future, but more that he is living life as most people do; all too quickly. Both poignantly sad and zany, Pulitzer Prize finalist Jordan Harrison expands on the notion that life is too short to miss any moment of it.
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"Painfully universal...a magical ride through time and space that serves as a stealthy extended metaphor for the power of imagination and storytelling." - WFPL, Read More 

"Charming, exciting and full of childlike wonder, Harrison’s play is a magical, breathtaking trip." - Chicago Theatre Review, Read More 


  • Jordan Harrison on The Grown-Up
  • Montage from The Grown-Up at the Humana Festival
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Performing Groups

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


  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance



  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Duration: 75 Minutes
  • Setting: Mutiple locations over the course of Kai's future.
  • Additional Features: No intermission


4m, 2f
ACTOR A – Kai (rhymes with eye)
ACTOR B – Anna Bell / Lane Heatherette
ACTOR C – Grandfather / First Mate / Barry / Minister
ACTOR D – Grandma / Rosie / Wedding Guest / Paula
ACTOR E – Mr. See / Wedding Planner / Award Ceremony Emcee
ACTOR F – Josef the Fisherman / Steven / Cater Waiter / Miss McGinn
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Cast Attributes

  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Multicultural casting



Jordan Harrison

Jordan Harrison was a 2015 Pulitzer Prize finalist for Marjorie Prime. The play had its New York premiere at Playwrights Horizons and its Chicago premiere at Writers Theatre after premiering at the Mark Taper Forum/CTG in Los Angeles. His play Maple and Vine premiered in the 2011 Humana Festival at Actors Theatre of Lo ...

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The Grown-Up premiered at the Actor's Theatre of Louisville in March 2014 as a part of the Humana Festival. It was directed by Ken Rus Schmoll.

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