The Argument

by  Alexandra Gersten-Vassilaros

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  2m, 1f

Timely and resonant, The Argumentchronicles the arc of a relationship between a man and a woman with bracing humor, passion, and fury. What happens when two people who say they love each other fight over something so precious that they reach a point of no return?

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 1f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Off-Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

The Argument is a riveting new play from the co-author of the 2004 Pulitzer Prize-finalist Omnium Gatherum, which premiered at New York City's Vineyard Theatre, before a highly-acclaimed revival at Theatre J in Washington DC in 2013. Timely and resonant, The Argument chronicles the arc of a relationship between a man and a woman with bracing humor, passion, and fury. What happens when two people who say they love each other fight over something so precious that they reach a point of no return? This serious subject matter, treated with funny and gripping dialogue, is the ideal show for a small ensemble to explore socially significant and urgent issues. 


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Reviews

REVIEWS

“Despite its easygoing pace and often funny dialogue, Conflict is at the heart of Theater J’s The Argument as the play takes on the weighty subject of abortion.” - The Washington Post 

"5 Stars! This extremely relevant play grips from the beginning to the end.” - DC Metro Theatre Arts

"[...] The Argument is stirring and masterfully written.” - BroadwayWorld

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Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • Caution Intense Adult Intense Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: The time is now. The place in New York City. 
  • 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: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

2m, 1f
SOPHIE - Early forties; a substantial woman and artist.
PHILLIP - Late forties; a substantial and appealing man and businessman. 
HERB - Forties or fifties; a benign and well-intentioned couples therapist. 
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Cast Attributes

  • Not Applicable

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Authors

Alexandra Gersten-Vassilaros

Alexandra Gersten-Vassilaros's playOmnium Gatherum, co-written with Theresa Rebeck was a 2004 Pulitzer Prize Finalist (Humana Festival, Off-Broadway). Alexandra is the author of the new play Mean Time, which has been developed by Juilliard, NYU and the Vineyard Theatre. For her work on her controversial play, The Argum ...

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The Argument was originally produced by The Vineyard Theatre in New York City, in May of 2005. 

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