The Earth is Flat

by  Todd Almond

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  4m, 3f

The Earth is Flat explores the universal awkwardness of the American college experience.

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The Earth is Flat

by  Todd Almond

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4m, 3f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Romantic Comedy
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

A coming-of-age story set in Calhoun Hall, The Earth is Flat follows purple-haired Ethan as he takes his first tentative steps toward self-knowledge. Day one he meets his roommate, Derek, who’s popular, social, and seems to have it all together. Day two, Ethan’s brother dies in an accident, sending Ethan back home to deal with his ambitious sister and his pill-addicted mother. While there, Derek and Ethan write letters in which Derek reveals he’s become obsessed with conspiracy theories about the earth being flat. When Ethan returns to college, he and Derek share a kiss, but Derek isn’t gay, and Ethan’s embarrassment propels him further toward the theories. Will Derek and he ever repair their friendship? Will college ever be “normal”?
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Reviews

“Almond is a writer of wit and courage –tackling the issues of theology, coming-of-age, and of course the “earth is flat” movement.” The Earth is Flat creates a space that blends the mundane and exciting life of college with the mystical. It slips between the life of the moment and whatever comes after. It’s clear, funny, and naturalistic. It doesn’t romanticize the college dorm life, or gloss over the struggles of middle class family life; the bonds are intense and come through with all the emotional twisty encounters of disappointment, discovery and love.”
- League of Cincinnati Theatre Reviews

“Almond has found a nice balance between humor, tragedy, and symbolism in the way he has crafted this play, a coming-of-age story with deep insight.”
Kirk Sheppard, The Sappy Critic

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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student

Cautions

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

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Duration: 90 minutes

Casting

4m, 3f
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Cast Attributes

  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Cross gender casting
  • Roles for Teens
  • Flexible casting
  • Multicultural casting

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Authors

Todd Almond

Todd Almond is a composer, lyricist, and playwright. For The Public Theater/Shakespeare in the Park, he wrote the music and lyrics for the Public Works production of The Tempest at the Delacorte Theater (a production in which he also starred as Ariel). His musicals include Girlfriend (Berkeley Rep., and Actors Theatre ...

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