The Quality of Boiled Water

by  Jason Milligan

Short Play, Comedy  /  4m, 2f

Published in Cross Country: Seven More One Act Plays.

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The Quality of Boiled Water

by  Jason Milligan

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4m, 2f
  • Duration


    30 minutes
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  • Accolades


    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

In this wild farce, a Wall Street wizard wakes up with a strange woman in a strange bed in a very strange house. The inhabitants have not been out since 1969 when Dad, a former NASA employee, shut his door in reaction to the Vietnam War and other disturbing events. He is raising his kids in the safety of his living room. They live on Tang and Space Food Sticks and consider Walden their bible. Greg is very ready to leave when he is to be Terri Anne's groom - like it or not.

Published in Cross Country: Seven More One Act Plays.

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"The most successful play of the evening...a delightfully oddball comedy...witty situations and tongue-in-cheek dialogue." - Backstage


Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget


  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes
  • Caution Nudity Nudity/Partial Nudity

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance



  • Time Period: 1980s
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Setting: Terri-Anne's bedroom, Saturday morning around 9:00 a.m. The late 1980's.
  • Additional Features: Physical Comedy
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


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


4m, 2f
GREG - 20-30; works on Wall Street.
TERRI-ANNE - 20; a pretty young girl.
DAD - 40s-50s; The Idealist; once worked for NASA.
MOM - The Realist.
LENNY - Terri-Anne's older brother; The "Bad Seed."
THE EXTERMINATOR - the City at its worst.
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)



Jason Milligan

Jason Milligan's many stage plays have been performed in numerous productions across the United States, as well as in Canada and Europe. Thirty-seven of his plays are now published by Samuel French Inc., including ...And Then the Rain Came to Mayfield; Cross Country; New York Stories; Southern Exposures; The Prettiest ...

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Originally produced by the Cab Theatre Company in New York City, June, 1988.

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