Psychoneurotic Phantasies

by  Gilbert David Feke

Short Play, Comedy  /  2m, 1f

Young playwright Gilbert Feke has created an off-kilter and strikingly original comedy. Sigmund Freud jumps out of a textbook and plays matchmaker for high school students Joshua and Elaine - two teens who discover that they can be well-adjusted, even with their phantastic views of reality.

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Psychoneurotic Phantasies

by  Gilbert David Feke

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 1f
  • Duration

    Duration

    30 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Farce, Romantic Comedy
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Off-Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

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Young playwright Gilbert David Feke has created an off-kilter and strikingly original comedy. Sigmund Freud jumps out of a textbook and plays matchmaker for high school students Joshua and Elaine - two teens who discover that they can be well-adjusted, even with their phantastic views of reality. Includes a bizarre, uproarious spoof of a children's puppet show, and the Family Freud, a game show with the Jung and Adler families as contestants. (Freud hosts, naturally.) An intelligent, intense, bold, and ultimately touching teen comedy, with a unique insider's perspective into the teen experience.

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Accolades

  • Official Selection! 1990 National Young Playwrights Festival

Reviews

"Gilbert David Feke's Psychoneurotic Phantasies is a breezy and at times sophomoric spoof of post-Freudian psychology, in which Freud himself... plays a pivotal role. Two youngsters ... have wild fantasies, which are acted out by a vociferous team of cartoonlike players" - Mel Gussow, The New York Times

Keywords

Adolescence

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $55 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Additional Features: No intermission, Puppetry
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: No Chorus

Casting

2m, 1f
JOSHUA - teenage boy
ELAINE - teenage girl
SIGMUND FREUD - matchmaker
THE PSYCHOCOMPANY - ensemble
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  • Expandable casting
  • Roles for Teens
  • Room for Extras

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Authors

Gilbert David Feke

Gilbert David Feke

Psychoneurotic Phantasies was first produced by Chapel Hill - Chauncy Hall Summer Theater School in Waltham, Massachusettes on July 9, 1990. It was directed by Amy Potozkin. The play was subsequently presented by the Foundation of the Dramatists Guild at Playwrights Horizons in New York City on September 18, 1990, as part of the 1990 Young Playwrights Festival. It was directed by Gloria Muzio.

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