On the Boardwalk

by  Thomas Hischak

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  5m, 4f

An American adaptation of Richard Sheridan's, The Rivals. Hischak swaps the setting from England to the Atlantic City Boardwalk, where the sneaky Louise earns money from delivering letters that will complicate other peoples personal relationships.

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On the Boardwalk

by  Thomas Hischak

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    5m, 4f
  • Duration


    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre


    Farce, Adaptations (Literature), Period, Romantic Comedy
  • Accolades


    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13)
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

It is the summer of 1910 and a delightful collection of characters gathers on the Boardwalk in Atlantic City. Richard Brinsley Sheridan's classic comedy of manners The Rivals is given an American perspective that is both actor and audience friendly.

Our protagonist Jack, who often goes by the name of Jonathan Pippin, is in love with Lily. Lily, on the other hand, is in love with Jonathan Pippin, not knowing that Pippin and Jack are one in the same! When Jack's father tells Jack that he is to marry Lily, Jack couldn't be happier and Lily couldn't be more unhappy. As the plot thickens, secrets are revealed, more love lives are tangled and chaos ensues all on the Atlantic City Boardwalk!

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Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Youth/Camp Programs


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License details

  • Minimum Fee: $90 per performance



  • Time Period: 1910s / WWI
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting:

    The Boardwalk aty Atlantic City in 1910.

  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes


  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)


5m, 4f

MR. SANFORD STAUNCH - a New York City banker
JACK STAUNCH - his son, a captain in the military
MRS. MALAPROP - a rich widow
LILY FLETCHER - her niece, in love with Jack
JULIE WHITAKER - Lily's friend, in love
SHAMUS O'SLUGGER - an Irish boxer
WILLY FURROW - a farmer with money
LOUISE - Lily's maid

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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Expandable casting
  • Flexible casting
  • Multicultural casting

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Thomas Hischak

Thomas Hischak is an internationally recognized author and teacher in the Performing Arts. He is the author of over forty published plays which are performed in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, and Australia. His playwriting awards include the Stanley Drama Award (New York City) for Cold War Comedy and the Jul ...

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