Monkey Monkey Bottle of Beer, How many Monkeys Have We Here?

by  Marsha Sheiness

Full Length Play, Drama  /  6f, 1boy(s)

"A gallery of characters interestingly and richly observed." - The New York Times

This psychological mystery is set in the waiting room of a clinic where five mothers await word on the futures of their mentally retarded children. They have been given the opportunity to change their children into geniuses.

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Monkey Monkey Bottle of Beer, How many Monkeys Have We Here?

by  Marsha Sheiness

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Monkey Monkey Bottle of Beer, How many Monkeys Have We Here?

  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    6f, 1boy(s)
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Mystery/Thriller
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Exxon Award for PBS Theatre in American production
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Scene work
    • Competition or audition material
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

This psychological mystery is set in the waiting room of a clinic where five mothers await word on the futures of their mentally handicapped children. They have been given the opportunity to change their children into geniuses, and the play explores the hopes, fears, and guilt of each woman. As the drama moves forward, the very nature of parent child love is examined.

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Reviews

REVIEWS

"A gallery of characters interestingly and richly observed." - The New York Times

"Strong, serious theatre (from Sheiness) takes the stage with power and presence, tantilizing enigmatic, sharply detailed dialogue" - Cincinnati Enquirer

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Smoking Smoking

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting:

    A Private Clinic - a plush waiting room in Act 1; a room of puzzles in Act 2.

  • 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

6f, 1boy(s)

NURSE (25-60) - Efficient, no-nonsense
MRS. EVANS (27-40) - Very reseved. Uses cutting humor as a defense against her emotions. Cautious about revealing her feelings, but when she does, she is warm and caring.
MRS. LUTHER (30-40) - An Immigrant from a patriarchal culture. Deeply religious. Has a strong sense of self, which is in conflict with her subservience to the men in her life.
MRS. AMBER (35-50) - Charming and gracious, and very insecure. Sincerely tries to be understood and understanding.
MRS. LEWIS (30-40) - Strong-willed and opioninated. She is impulsive, not premeditated. She is instinctually decent, and a good mother.
MRS. TODD (25-40) - She drinks too much. Her sense of humor hides her pain. She is sensitive, warm and friendly.
JOE (8-12) - He is warm and opens. He enjoys teaching and learning.

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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Roles for Children
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

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Authors

Marsha Sheiness

Marsha Lee Sheiness is a playwright, director, actor and teacher whose work has been produced Off-Broadway, Off-Off Broadway, on television, and in regional, community, university, and high school theatres across the US. She has also been produced in Japan, Canada and England. The 2011 Midtown International Theatre Fes ...

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Monkey, Monkey, Bottle of Beer, How Many Monkeys Have We Here? had it's premiere production at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the park. It was directed by Harold Scott.

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