The North Plan

by  Jason Wells

Full Length Play, Dark Comedy  /  4m, 2f

"Sharp, dark political comedy... Funny and chilling, sometimes by turns and sometimes all at once... Consistently supplies acid, dystopian laughs" - Chicago Reader

After a ruthless faction seizes power in Washington, Carlton Berg, a bureaucrat for the State Department, runs off with the new regime's top secret enemies list. Unfortunately for Carlton, the chase has come to an end in a police station in the Ozarks town of Lodus.

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The North Plan

by  Jason Wells

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4m, 2f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Mystery/Thriller
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

After a ruthless faction seizes power in Washington, Carlton Berg, a bureaucrat for the State Department, runs off with the new regime's top secret enemies list. Unfortunately for Carlton, the chase has come to an end in a police station in the Ozarks town of Lodus. With a pair of DHS agents on the way, Carlton's last hope is in the people around him: an unsympathetic police chief, an ambivalent administrative assistant, and fellow prisoner Tanya Shepke, a motor-mouthed recidivist who's turned herself in for drunk driving and thinks Skynyrd should be on the new money.

The revolution starts now.
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Reviews

"Despite such serious thematic concerns as the legitimacy of political authority, the importance of dissent and the uses of torture, The North Plan is a threat to public order because it’s a laugh riot... Building a headlong momentum until its sudden conclusion - which on opening night brought the crowd to a hooting, hollering standing ovation." - Marty Hughley, The Oregonian

"... Sharp, dark political comedy... Wells' dialog remains funny and chilling, sometimes by turns and sometimes all at once. He consistently supplies acid, dystopian laughs..."" - Tony Adler, Chicago Reader

"Wells (Men Of Tortuga) is a highly entertaining writer with a keen sense of how to fire up a pressure cooker on a stage and keep an audience feeling jumpy ... Fun, smart, involving and just disturbing enough for a Saturday night on the town." - Chicago Tribune

"The North Plan is funny and deeply political." - Oregon Arts Watch

"A powerful work of dystopian agitprop ... As disturbing as Jason Wells' play is, it's just as hilarious ... The show crackles with wit and energy ... One of the best things produced at Steppenwolf this year, in a year I've liked most everything on that stage. The North Plan is one of those rare plays that manages to combine a powerful message ... with a raucous sense of humor and deft stagecraft that plays with conventional notions of farce and manages to make them as funny as the first time you'd ever seen such things ... If I were an artistic director shopping for a play, I'd go all-in to pick this one up. As it is, I can only suggest that you see this production while you can." - New City

"... As uproarious as it is unsettling ... As terrifically entertaining as it is thought-provoking." - Chicago Maroon

"Jump-to-your-feet fantastic! ... The plot is solid. The characters are genuine. The dialogue is smart. The intrigue and absurdity is pure 'Pulp Fiction' ... At the show I saw, the audience literally jumped to their feet with thunderous applause and cheering ... Funny, scary and totally believable - which makes it funnier and scarier!" - Chicago Theater Beat

"... We found ourselves immersed in equal measures of armrest-gripping suspense and hilarity throughout The North Plan's macabre, rollicking ride ... The North Plan explores the strange and riotous relationships that unfold in a climate of democracy upended." - Flavorpill

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Artboard 3 Gun Shots
  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: A police station in a small town in southern Missouri.
  • Additional Features: Physical Comedy, Stage Combat
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

4m, 2f
TANYA SHEPKE - 35-45, White
SHONDA COX - 25-35, African-American
CARLTON BERG - 30-50, White
CHIEF SWENSON - 40-65, White
DALE PITTMAN - 40-55
BOB LEE, - 25-35
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Multicultural casting
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

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Authors

Jason Wells

Jason Wells’s first play, "Men of Tortuga," debuted at Steppenwolf Theatre's First Look Repertory of New Work and had its official premiere at the Asolo Repertory Theatre in Sarasota. Jason’s second play, "Perfect Mendacity," was a commission from Manhattan Theatre Club and the Sloan Foundation. Like "Men of Tortuga," ...

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The North Plan had its world premiere at Portland Center Stage on January 13, 2012. It was directed by Rose Riordan.

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