Belleville

by  Amy Herzog

Full Length Play, Drama  /  2m, 2f

"Ms. Herzog’s thrillingly good play, confirms her reputation as one of the brightest new talents in the theater. It is rare for a young playwright to be in such confident command of all the theater’s resources as Ms. Herzog is here […] among the most suspenseful plays I’ve seen in years." – The New York Times

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 2f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Scene work
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

Young Americans Zack and Abby have the perfect ex-pat life in Paris: a funky bohemian apartment in up-and-coming Belleville; a stable marriage; and Zack’s noble mission to fight pediatric AIDS. But when Abby finds Zack at home one afternoon when he’s supposed to be at work, the questions and answers that follow shake the foundation of their seemingly beautiful life.

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Accolades

  • Winner! 2012 New York Times Outstanding Playwright Award
    Finalist! 2013 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize
    Nominee! 2013 Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Play 

    Amy Herzog is the 2011 recipient of the Whiting Award for Drama

Reviews

REVIEWS

"Ms. Herzog’s thrillingly good play, confirms her reputation as one of the brightest new talents in the theater. It is rare for a young playwright to be in such confident command of all the theater’s resources as Ms. Herzog is here […] among the most suspenseful plays I’ve seen in years." – The New York Times, Read More Here

"Belleville is engrossing. Herzog does a great job of capturing the stereotypical arrogance of Americans living in a foreign country […] But that's just one element of the increasingly complex and relentlessly surprising characters that Herzog has created." – Hartford Arts Examiner, Read More Here

"Belleville is much more dramatic, or rather melodramatic, than a simple unraveling of a relationship. Herzog wants to show you the hopelessness and rage that can spiral out of the stresses of everyday living, but she really cares about raising the entertainment value of the experience. Belleville is funny. It’s suspenseful. It’s mock-shocking, then genuinely horrifying." – New Haven Theatre Jerk, Read More Here

Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol
  • Caution Drugs Drugs
  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes
  • Caution Nudity Nudity/Partial Nudity
  • Caution Smoking Smoking

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: An apartment in Belleville, Paris.
  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: No Chorus

Casting

2m, 2f
ABBY - Twenty-eight, American, white
ZACK - Twenty eight, American, white
ALIOUNE - Twenty-five, French-Senegalese
AMINA - Twenty-five, French-Senegalese
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Authors

Amy Herzog

Amy Herzog’s plays include After the Revolution (Williamstown Theater Festival; Playwrights Horizons; Lilly Award), 4000 Miles (Lincoln Center; Obie Award for the Best New American Play, Pulitzer Prize Finalist), The Great God Pan (Playwrights Horizons), and Belleville ...

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Belleville was first commissioned and produced by Yale Repertory Theater, under artistic director James Bundy and managing director Victoria Nolan, in New Haven, Connectictut, opening October 21, 2011. It was directed by Anne Kauffman.

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