Be Here Now

by  Deborah Zoe Laufer

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  1m, 3f

Two lost souls come together under most unusual circumstances in this deeply insightful and charmingly funny play.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    1m, 3f
  • Duration


    90 minutes
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

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Surrounded by painfully cheerful co-workers, Bari is deeply cynical and woefully underemployed working at a small-town fulfillment center. After an unexpected and unexplainable turn of events, Bari finds herself on an enlightening new path. When she meets Mike, a man who makes art out of garbage, it’s Bari’s turn to pull another out of the darkness. Be Here Now asks what we are willing to do for love and happiness and to create meaning in our lives.

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"It is clever and soul-searching and filled with laughter." Cincinnati Inquirer 

“In a time that often feels like nothing matters, Be Here Now bursts through the gloom and offers a new and uplifting perspective.”  City Beat

“Vivid characters and an innate depth of humanity […] One of the best scripts from a major writer.” Palm Beach Arts Paper

“Takes the audience on an emotional journey that serves up hilarity, sorrow and more.” Sun Sentinel

“[Be Here Now] takes threads of the meaning of life, mindful living, and finding purpose in the forgotten and (weaves) them into a beautiful, thought-provoking tapestry.” Sun Sentinel


Performing Groups

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

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $90 per performance



  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: East Cooperville, a small, fictional town in upstate NY, about a hundred miles from Manhattan
  • Additional Features: No intermission


1m, 3f
BARI: (40-60) A depressed, nihilistic misanthrope who undergoes a radical transformation. PATTY COOPER: (Same age as Bari) Loud and controlling and good hearted. Has never left her hometown of East Cooperville. LUANNE COOPER: (20) Patty’s niece. Very simple and sweet. MIKE COOPER: (40-60) Patty’s cousin. Mike makes beautiful art out of garbage -- that’s who he is. He has a crow.
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Cast Attributes

  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)


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Deborah Zoe Laufer

Deborah Zoe Laufer’s plays have been produced at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Cleveland Playhouse, Geva Theatre Center, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, Portland Stage, and eighty other theaters around the country, in Germany, Russia and Canada. End Days was awarded The ATCA Steinberg ci ...

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