Red-Handed Otter

by  Ethan Lipton

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

Not long ago, Paul had a girlfriend, a cat, and few complaints. Now? Well, at least he’s got his health.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 2f
  • Duration


    90 minutes
  • SubGenre


    Romantic Comedy
  • Accolades


    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

Not long ago, Paul had a girlfriend, a cat, and few complaints. Now? Well, at least he’s got his health. In between shifts at their security guard posts, Paul’s work buddies try to cheer him up. But you know what they say about the best intentions… In this quirky comedy, Paul’s friends’ awkward (and hilarious) attempts to console him prove that some comforts only come on four legs.

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"Wonderfully quirky and surprisingly profound." - Chicago Sun Times

"Ethan Lipton is a magic maker who’s mastered the art of intertwining characters [...] They come together or fall apart as naturally as any rival representations from real life. The hilarious anecdotes they share, the love they can’t, their reflexive wariness and unforced kindness – these ring right in 90 credible minutes." - Stage and Cinema Chicago

"Ethan Lipton clearly understands the dark side of warm and fuzzy, masterfully and humorously using bizarre pet stories to get to the heart of his characters’ emotional obliviousness."- The New Yorker


  • Red-Handed Otter trailer at Playwrights Realm
  • Ethan Lipton and Director Dado on Red-Handed Otter at A Red Orchid Theatre
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Performing Groups

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


  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol
  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance



  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: The security guard's post in a big, cold building.
  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


3m, 2f
DONALD - mid 20s
PAUL - early 40s
ESTELLE - early 40s
ANGELA - early 30s
RANDY - mid 40s
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast



Ethan Lipton

Ethan Lipton’s produced plays and musicals include The Outer Space (Lortel nom.), Tumacho, Red-Handed Otter, Luther, No Place to Go (Obie Award), Goodbye April Hello May, 100 Aspects of the Moon and Meat. His work has been seen in New York at the Public Theater (Joe’s Pub), The Playwrights Realm and Clubbed Thumb, and ...

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Red-Handed Otter premiered with Playwright's Realm in New York City in September 2012 under the direction of Mike Donahue.

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