Affluenza!

by  James Sherman

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  4m, 2f

"James Sherman has created a Moliere play for our times. A clever and delightful piece of theatre." - Chicago Reader

"James Sherman's Affluenza! is an impressive piece of work -- a witty balancing act that gets laughs from age…

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4m, 2f
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Farce
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

William Moore lives in his penthouse apartment with his loyal assistant, Bernard, and his net worth of six hundred million dollars.  When he brings home his new girlfriend, his son and ex-wife are none too happy about it.

Who gets what and who ends up with whom is revealed in this contemporary comedy of manners.

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Reviews

"James Sherman has created a Moliere play for our times. A clever and delightful piece of theatre." - Chicago Reader

"James Sherman's Affluenza! is an impressive piece of work -- a witty balancing act that gets laughs from age-old human foibles as well as our present age of untrammeled corporate greed." - The Kansas City Star

"Sherman's vital Americanese displays all of the lightness, gaiety and poetic skill of the French satirist's classic French." - The Atlanta-Journal Constitution

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $90 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: The play takes place in the penthouse apartment in an old building in Chicago overlooking Lake Michigan.
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • 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

4m, 2f

William Moore - A rich old white guy.

Jerome Moore - His son.

Eugene Moore - His nephew.

Ruth Moore - His ex-wife.

Dawn - His girlfriend.

Bernard - His employee.  African-American.

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Authors

James Sherman

James Sherman is the author of the plays Magic Time, The God of Isaac, Mr. 80%, The Escape Artist, Beau Jest, This Old Man Came Rolling Home, Jest A Second!, Romance in D, From Door to Door, The Old Man’s Friend, Affluenza!, Half and Half, Relatively Close, and Jacob and Jack.James was a theatre student at Illinois Sta ...

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Affluenza! premiered at the Victory Gardens Theater on November 14, 2003 under the direction of Dennis Zacek.

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