Yen

by  Anna Jordan

Full Length Play, Drama  /  2m, 2f

"Though it appears fairly modest, the dynamic range of Jordan’s writing is extraordinary. It’s rare for a play to encompass such extremes of violence and tenderness." - The Guardian

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 2f
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Off-Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

Hench is sixteen, Bobbie is thirteen. They live alone with their dog, Taliban, playing PlayStation, watching porn; surviving. Sometimes their chaotic mum, Maggie, visits; occasionally she passes out on the front lawn. But when Jenny knocks on the door, the boys discover a world far beyond what they know, a world full of love, possibility, and danger.
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Accolades

  • Winner! 2013 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting

Reviews

REVIEWS 

Five Stars! "Though it appears fairly modest, the dynamic range of Jordan’s writing is extraordinary. It’s rare for a play to encompass such extremes of violence and tenderness." - The Guardian, Read More

"A terrific, breakneck new play [...] young, buzzy, smart, violent." - New York Magazine,  Read More 

"The effects of abandonment and isolation mixed with a longing for human connection is brought to stark, vivid life." - Variety, Read More 

"[...] the writing [...] bristles with youthful talent." - Deadline, Read More 


Videos

  • Interview with the cast of Yen at MCC Theater
  • Anna Jordan discusses Yen
  • Playwright Anna Jordan on the inspiration for Yen
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Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

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

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: New Millennium/21st Century
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: Feltham, London Borough of Hounslow, England, 2015.
  • Additional Features: No intermission, Stage Combat
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Casting

2m, 2f
HENCH – Male, 16, from Feltham
BOBBIE – Male, 13 from Feltham
MAGGIE – Female, 35 from Feltham
JENNIFER – Female, 16 from Aberthin, Wales
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Authors

Anna Jordan

Anna Jordan won the 2013 Bruntwood Prize for her play Yen after having been twice longlisted for her plays Marianne and Chicken Shop. Yen has had productions at Manchester Royal Exchange, the Royal Court and MCC New York as well as several international productions. It was also shortlisted for the Susan Smith Blackburn ...

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Yen premiered at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester, UK in February 2015 under the direction of Ned Bennett.

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