How To Get Into Buildings

by  Trish Harnetiaux

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

"Harnetiaux does some quite sophisticated structural work here, slipstreaming her events in space [...] and a constantly somersaulting timeline." - Time Out NY

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How To Get Into Buildings

by  Trish Harnetiaux

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 3f
  • Duration


    75 Minutes
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  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

Roger and Lucy meet at a convention. Daphne and Nick break down at a diner. Ethan continues to read compulsively from his new book, The Car Accident, which wouldn’t exist without Daphne. Soon, it becomes apparent that reality is slippery, time shifty, and we join our characters’ struggles with their own discoveries about love, opportunity, and the desire to pause with trepidation as they try to articulate who and what they actually love.

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"Harnetiaux does some quite sophisticated structural work here, slipstreaming her events in space [...] and a constantly somersaulting timeline." - Time Out NY, Read More 

"Put a Walter Mitty-esque imagination through an experimental theatre blender, and you may come close to the spirit and tone of Trish Harnetiaux’s play How to Get into Buildings [...] a solid dose of giddiness topped with a dollop of puppy-love." - Exeunt Magazine, Read More 

"Playwright Trish Harnetiaux has crafted a piece that is laugh-out-loud funny and at the same time a reminder to embrace every seemingly insignificant moment of your life [...] entertaining & hilarious!” - New York Theatre Review, Read More 

"A wild, wildly funny ride!" - Culture Catch, Read More 



Love, Memory


Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Professional Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups


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  • Minimum Fee: $90 per performance



  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Duration: 75 Minutes
  • Additional Features: No intermission


3m, 3f

LUCY MASERATI - she’s totally game/ cautiously evolving
ROGER SAUVIGNON - he’s a bit self-absorbed/ yet earnest 
ETHAN CAMBABERT/ DOCTOR/ WAITER ONE - the storyteller/ confident/ dead serious
DAPHNE PIERRE-PONT/ DOCTOR/ WAITER TWO - easily annoyed/ aware/ dead serious 
NICK NOVA-SCOTIA / DOCTOR/ WAITER THREE - restless and easily offended/ dead serious 
MRS. REINHARDT/ DOCTOR/ WAITER FOUR - wisely ambivalent/dead serious

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  • Ensemble cast
  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Multicultural casting


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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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How to Get into Buildings premiered in a production by New Georges at the Brick in Brooklyn, NY in December 2015 under the direction of Katherine Brook.

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