Kingdom Come (Weiner)
Full Length Play, Dark Comedy / 1m, 4f
Our new, digital world is upended in Kingdom Come,Jenny Rachel Weiner's blisteringly funny and all-too-relatable comedy about what happens when the feelings are real, but the people are not.
Samantha is lonely and confined to her bed. Layne is shy and too afraid of the world to journey into it. But when these two thirty-somethings connect through an online dating site, they fall for each other fast and hard. What could go wrong? Considering that they’re both pretending to be someone else, the short answer is: everything. When people are free to project any version of themselves they wish, who knows where reality ends and fantasy begins? Our new, digital world is upended in Kingdom Come, Jenny Rachel Weiner’s blisteringly funny and all-too-relatable comedy about what happens when the feelings are real, but the people are not.
"Funny, affecting and sensitively drawn, with surprising twists [...] This unconventional romantic comedy is a testament to playwright Jenny Rachel Weiner's inventiveness." - The Hollywood Reporter
"Gorgeous and expertly carved. The best way to describe Jenny Rachel Weiner's thoughtful play is 'human.'" - Talkin' Broadway
"Jenny Rachel Weiner's theatrical thought experiment leaves us with interesting questions to chew on." - TheaterMania
“Harrowing and Thrilling.” - The New Yorker
- Strong Language
- Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
- Duration: 105 Minutes
A city 30 miles south of Las Vegas—Carson City, Nevada. Then later, Los Angeles. Present Day.
- Additional Features: No intermission, Multimedia
- Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
SAMANTHA CARLIN - (30’s/F) Samantha has mousy hair so thin you can see her scalp. The bed Samantha lives in is raised and has large guardrails that protect her from falling out. Samantha weighs approx. 600 lbs and is mostly confined to her bed. It takes most of the effort she has to move from one room to another, so she usually doesn’t—she shits into a pan and pees into a catheter and is scrubbed down to get clean and eats when food it is brought to her. She has been this way since she was eighteen. Before then, Samantha wheeled herself around in a wheelchair. Before that, she walked, but her knees hurt.
DELORES AQUENDO - (late 40’s, early 50’s/F) SAMANTHA’s health aide. She was hired by Samantha’s Mom. She’s been working for Samantha for about a year. Originally from Colombia. She is obsessed with her son.
LAYNE FALCONE - (30’s/F) (pronounced Lay-nee) Layne is lonely and suffers from anxiety. Layne is an office assistant at an insurance company. She wears nude stockings everyday and neutral skirt-suits from ROSS DRESS FOR LESS. Layne is the kind of girl nobody sees. Layne lives alone. She cooks alone. She sleeps alone. She prays alone. She sings alone. She thinks alone.
SUZ MILLER - (20’s/F) LAYNE’s coworker at Hensher Insurance Agency. Suz is a ditz and a party girl, but somewhere underneath all the rhinestones and eye shadow is a good heart. She’s bubbly like champagne, but like the really shitty kind from the corner deli.
DOMINICK AQUENDO - (30’s/M) a hot, simple, seemingly vapid Latino man. He is Delores’ son. He knows how to use his looks to get what he wants. He’s an “actor/model” in LA, but is actually a busboy at a bakery.
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Kingdom Come premiered at the Rouandabout Theatre as a part of the Roundabout Underground programming in New York City in November 2016 under the direction of Kip Fagan.