Waiting (Soland)

by  Lisa Soland

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  6m, 6f

"Like life, the play starts out with sex, but quickly evolves into a study of love, belonging, longing, pain, happiness and hope...Soland's words bring out humor and hope, that makes life worth waiting for." - NoHo LA Magazine

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Waiting (Soland)

by  Lisa Soland

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    6m, 6f
  • Duration

    Duration

    75 Minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Romantic Comedy
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

Waiting delves into the lives of twelve people who share humorous and heart-warming stories about their relationships and whether or not they waited to have sex until they were married.

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Reviews

"Like life, the play starts out with sex, but quickly evolves into a study of love, belonging, longing, pain, happiness and hope. Even when the characters aren't talking about their first times together, they are still waiting. Waiting for people to surprise them, waiting for a tragedy to unfold, waiting for life to begin – or end. Through all this, Soland's words bring out humor and hope, that makes life worth waiting for." - NoHo LA Magazine

"Waiting playwright Lisa Soland starts her ostensibly light comedy with pre-marital sex and, over the course of her play, expands that theme to encompass her loss of faith in humanity in an increasingly solipsistic world. And in the journey from light to darkness...she reveals a kind of truth that transcends moral diatribe...and the play develops into a sobering indictment of our own apathy toward not only romantic relationships but the ones we forge with our fellow man as well. Waiting becomes a kind of strategy for getting past pre-judgments, and the play turns into a heartwarming story about restoring trust." - LA Weekly

"Billed as a comedy about pre-marital sex,' Lisa Soland's play Waiting searches the passionate depths of the heart rather than keying on the fleshy surface of sex." - Crescenta Valley Sun

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Church / Religious Groups

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: 75 Minutes
  • Setting: The first act requires two stools and the actors break the fourth wall by talking directly to the audience. The second act, we put the fourth wall up and entire into the waiting room, where the characters are waiting to come out and talk to the audience. This is a typical waiting room with chairs and a coffee table. Two working doors are required for the two bathrooms.
  • Additional Features: Local Celebrity Cameo
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

6m, 6f
BETSY - twenty-five to thirty, engaged to Sam.
SAM -  twenty-five to thirty, engaged to Betsy.
CLAIR - late thirties, married to Bob for about fifteen years.
BOB - early forties, married to Clair for about fifteen years.
ANN - early fifties, married to Norm for thirty years.
NORM - early fifties, married to Ann for thirty years.
LINDSAY - about thirty, extremely pregnant, married to Jim for five years.
JIM - about thirty-five, married to Lindsay for five years.
LINDA - married to Steve for twelve years.
TRUMAN - eighty-three years old.
CINDY - twenty-one, college co-ed.
STEVE - a paraplegic, married to Linda for twelve years.
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Local Celebrity Cameo
  • Multicultural casting
  • Room for Extras
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
  • Parts for Senior Actors

Casting Notes

Role for a disabled actor in a wheelchair. Can be produced with as few as 6 actors or as many as 12.

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Authors

Lisa Soland

Lisa Soland's plays Waiting, Cabo San Lucas, Truth Be Told,

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Waiting was originally produced at The Tamarind Theatre in Hollywood, California, on November 1, 2002.  It was directed by Chip Chalmers and produced by Hilde Garcia and The Florida Project.

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