The Layover

by  Leslye Headland

Full Length Play, Drama  /  3m, 2f, 1girl(s)

“Headland is smart, and writes snappy scenes. The opening is a model of its type.” - New York Magazine

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 2f, 1girl(s)
  • Duration


    90 minutes
  • Accolades


    From Off-Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

Shellie and Dex meet on a plane during an airport layover in Chicago. After a quick seduction, each stranger playing a version of themselves, they have a playful yet passionate one-night stand. In the following months, their external lives with their respective partners remain the same, but the impact of their liaison soon invades their psychological landscapes. Their personal dramas unfurl simultaneously, until romantic obsession and intense loneliness drive them toward an inevitable and tragic reunion.
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“Headland is smart, and writes snappy scenes. The opening is a model of its type.” - New York Magazine 

“Calling dialogue 'slick' can seem like backhanded praise, code for facile gimmickry. But I use it for playwright Leslye Headland with genuine admiration and literalist precision: Her rapid-fire banter greases the skids for morally rudderless characters to crash into one another; it lubricates their descent into comic chaos.” - Time Out NY 

"You’ll think twice before ever cozying up to a stranger on a plane after 90 minutes with The Layover, a taut and twisty psychological thriller from Leslye Headland." - NBC NY

"Leslye Headland‘s new play careens between terrific meet-cute humor and the darkest romantic obsessions.” - The Wrap 


  • Second Stage trailer for The Layover
  • Leslye Headland and Trip Cullman discuss The Layover
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Betrayal, Marriage


Performing Groups

  • Professional Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups


  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol
  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes
  • Caution Smoking Smoking

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance



  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: Several locations between airplanes, airports, Chicago, and New York.
  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


3m, 2f, 1girl(s)

ANDREA - 40s, Dex's wife
LILY - 9-10, Dex's daughter
KEVIN - 40s, Shellie's husband
FRED - 60s, Shellie's dad

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Leslye Headland

LESLYE HEADLAND began her career writing and directing the Seven Deadly Plays series (IAMA Theatre Company) in LA and assisting Harvey Weinstein in NY. Her plays include Bachelorette, Assistance and The Layover. Bachelorette was the basis for her 2012 directorial film debut starring Kirsten Dunst which premiered at the ...

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The Layover premiered at Second Stage Theatre in New York City in August 2016 under the direction of Trip Cullman.

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