Avenue A

by  David Steen

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  3m, 1f

"A frayed nerve of a drama...poke your head in and take a long sickening look at the freaks." - The New York Times

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    3m, 1f
  • Accolades


    The Ted Schmitt Award

Additional Info

Described as "a sideways look at the American dream," Avenue A is the gripping tale of an ex-con struggling to create his own family of misfits as an old prison buddy mysteriously returns for one final visit. It is a carefully crafted and mordantly funny look at rebirth amidst urban decay. Avenue A has been greeted with tremendous praise from audiences and critics alike.
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  • WINNER! 1992 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Ted Schmitt Award



"A frayed nerve of a drama...poke your head in and take a long sickening look at the freaks." - The New York Times, Read More 

"Avenue A is loaded with enough kick-out-the-jams acting possibilities that it's surprising it took this long for the play to hit town." - Chicago Tribune, Read More

"Avenue A is a jewel of a play crafted with uncanny precision." - InTheater NY

"Steen's in-your-face play about a collection of misfits looking sideways at the American dream. It's lean, mean, tender and darkly humorous. This is a show without an ounce of fat." - The Daily Breeze LA

"Steen's depiction of convict-mentality dragged down to its most primitive level and still graced with human attributes is so astute, you feel the author must have leapt the prison walls in order to provide it." - Los Angeles in Review

"The year's most memorable and disturbing new work about urban despair." - Los Angeles Times


Performing Groups

  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre


  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance



  • Time Period: 1970s
  • Setting: Alphabet City section of New York. Summer, 1979.
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes


3m, 1f
JOEY - mid 20's, ex-con recently released from prison.
ROSA - early 20's, Joey's sweet but naive Italian girlfriend.
CHUCKIE - early 20's, Joey's younger brother.
LARRY - mid 30's, Joey's former cellmate.
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David Steen

David Steen

Avenue A premiered at The Cast Theater in Hollywood, CA in April 1991 under the direction of Jim Holmes.

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