A Life (Bock)

by  Adam Bock

Full Length Play, Dark Comedy  /  2m, 3f

"Sympathetic and unsentimental, the play offers a wise, quietly devastating perspective on the stuff we carry and leave behind." - Time Out New York

Read more +

A Life (Bock)

by  Adam Bock

License Estimator

Use this tool for cost estimates based on your specific needs.

  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 3f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Not Applicable
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Off-Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

Nate Martin is hopelessly single. When his most recent breakup – another in a lifelong string of ill-fated matches – casts him into a funk, he turns to the only source of wisdom he trusts: the stars. Pouring over astrological charts, he obsessively questions his past and place in the cosmos. But in Adam Bock’s disarming new play, the answer he receives, when it comes, is shockingly obvious – and totally unpredictable.
Read more +

Reviews

REVIEWS 

Five Stars! "Sympathetic and unsentimental, the play offers a wise, quietly devastating perspective on the stuff we carry and leave behind." - Time Out New York, Read More 

"[...] quietly devastating [...] There’s something absurdly endearing about a man who seems unaware of how desperately lonely he is, and who makes disturbing revelations about his life without recognizing the depths of his despair." - Variety, Read More 

"Nate's journey, as depicted during this quietly unnerving play, is one that can be unequivocally described as universal. It also preys on some of our deepest fears." - TheaterMania, Read More


Videos

  • Adam Bock discusses A Life
  • Playwrights Horizons trailer for A Life
More videos +

Keywords

Death, LGBT issues, Love

Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

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

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: Multiple locations including Nate Martin's living room.
  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Casting

2m, 3f
NATE MARTIN
LORI MARTIN
ALLISON
CURTIS
JOCELYN
See all +

Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast

More

Authors

Adam Bock

Adam Bock’s plays include Phaedra (Shotgun Players), A Small Fire (Playwrights Horizons, Drama Desk nomination), book for We Have Always Lived in the Castle, with music by Todd Almond (Yale Rep), The Flowe ...

View full profile

A Life premiered at Playwrights Horizons in New York City in September 2016 under the direction of Anne Kaufman.

Now Playing

Community Experiences