A Gun Play

by  Yale M. Udoff

Full Length Play, Drama  /  9m, 5f

"Mr. Udoff has a fine sense of comedy. His dialogue is often brilliant ... The result is dramatic Duck Soup with Pinter sauce ... Somewhere between Pinter and Jules Feiffer lies A Gun Play ... I enjoyed the madness." - Long Island Press

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    9m, 5f
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Off-Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

What's going on here? We're in a rathskeller of a fairly classy kind, with expensive wines, a wise maitre d' who knows how to wheedle his customers into ordering them, a waiter with hip boots up to his chin, and a clientele that includes beautiful belles, both with and without mercy. And especially one other: the young man who speaks calmly, in riddles, and who carries a violin case in which rests a baby-blue machine gun. And all the while the waters are rising elsewhere, the earth about to be flooded a second time. There is discotheque music, a fancy fashion show, film strips of past horrors, including Lon Chaney, Bela Ludgosi, Boris Karloff, and Dachau. And finally explosions of violence as the waters continue to rise.

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Reviews

REVIEWS

"Mr. Udoff has a fine sense of comedy. His dialogue is often brilliant ... The result is dramatic 'Duck Soup' with Pinter sauce ... Somewhere between Pinter and Jules Feiffer lies A GUN PLAY ... I enjoyed the madness." - Long Island Press 

“It’s as though Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf was staged by the Marx Brothers in Chock Full of Nuts...An intriguing play.” - ABC-TV

Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes
  • Caution Smoking Smoking

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Setting: A small club in a large American city.

Casting

9m, 5f
STAN - in his early forties.
ORLANDO - in llis late forties.
WALLACE - in his late tioenties.
LITA - in lzer early twenties.
LINDEN - in lzis middle twenties.
JACK - in lzis early thirties.
NORMA - in her late forties.
GEORGE - in his early twenties.
MELINDA - in her early twenties.
FIRST MOTORCYCLE OFFICER
SECOND MOTORCYCLE OFFICER
FASHION MODEL
YOUNG GIRL
JOHNNI
RADIO V0ICE
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast

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Authors

Yale M. Udoff

Mr. Udoff is a playwright and screenwriter. The NY Times said of his A GUN PLAY, which premiered at The Hartford Stage Company, directed by Paul Weidner, “Mr. Udoff is a discovery. It is clear he has a comic vision, verbal facility and a contemporary consciousness.” A new production followed @ New York’s Cherry Lane Th ...

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A Gun Play premiered at the Cherry Lane Theatre in New York City in October 1971 under the direction of Gene Frankel.

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