Outside People

by  Zayd Dohrn

Full Length Play, Dark Comedy  /  2m, 2f

“An engaging and smart comedy of manners... Achingly true.” - Charles Isherwood, New York Times

A dark, comic look at China-U.S. relations - economic, political, and sexual.

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Outside People

by  Zayd Dohrn

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 2f
  • Duration

    Duration

    105 Minutes
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Off-Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

A dark, comic look at China/U.S. relations - economic, political, and sexual. In modern-day Beijing, a young American guy falls for a Chinese girl and then struggles to understand where she's coming from. A play about loneliness, culture-shock, language, and trying to make connections across borders.
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Reviews

“An engaging and smart comedy of manners... Achingly true.” - Charles Isherwood, The New York Times

“A funny, tightly written dramedy. Speaks clearly about the matters that unite us as well as those that keep us apart.” - Roma Torre, NY1

“An engaging new comedy of cultural misunderstanding… Dohrn deftly establishes the ways that tone – the elusive key for westerners struggling to master Mandarin – can take precedence over meaning… An affecting study of how love is, at heart, the struggle to establish a common language.” - Brendan Lemon, Financial Times

“Dohrn throws bold elbows, parcels out his characters' epiphanies sparingly, and touches down on a satisfyingly grim note.” - Scott Brown, New York Magazine

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Professional Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

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

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century
  • Duration: 105 Minutes
  • Setting: Beijing, People’s Republic of China
  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

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

Casting

2m, 2f
MALCOLM – 20s
XIAO MEI – 20s
DA WEI “DAVID” WANG – 20s
SAMANYA – 20s
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Multicultural casting

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Authors

Zayd Dohrn

Zayd Dohrn was born and raised in New York City. His full-length plays include Outside People (The Vineyard Theatre/Naked Angels), Reborning (The Public/SPF), and ...

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Outside People received its world premiere in 2012 at The Vineyard Theatre, in association with Naked Angels, directed by Evan Cabnet.

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