Birthday Boy

by  Chris Newbound

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

What happens when there's a sudden connection between two people that cannot be pursued? A celebration of the messy, imperfect, life that being a husband, a wife, a father, a mother, all entails in order to evolve into the grownups we're meant to be.


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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 2f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

Matt returns from a break at work to the company lunch room, where he meets new employee Melora. A spark ignites almost immediately, but the blossoming friendship is still subject to life's realities of age, responsibility, and commitment. Meanwhile Matt's wife Arianne has plans for a celebratory evening at home that get interrupted by an unintentional spark of her own. Birthday Boy is about what happens when there's a sudden connection between two people that if pursued could interfere with a life that has been going along just fine; about the paths we choose to take and those we choose not to; the commitments we do honor, the worthwhile sacrifices we must make. In short, a celebration of the messy, imperfect, life that being a husband, a wife, a father, a mother, all entails in order to evolve into the grownups we're meant to be.

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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol
  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: The lunchroom where Matt and Melora work. A bar of a Mexican restaurant: Mi Casa Su Casa. Bedroom of Matt and Arianne's house. A hospital room.
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Casting

2m, 2f
MATT - About to turn forty
MELORA - About to turn thirty, a colleague of Matt's
ARIANNE - Matt's wife
JULIAN MOODY - Student of Arianne's, in his twenties
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Non-Traditional casting

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Authors

Chris Newbound

Chris Newbound received his MFA at Columbia in Fiction Writing. His short stories have appeared in Seventeen, Sassy, and other literary journals. The Birthday Boy has received staged readings at Main Street Stage i ...

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The Birthday Boy was first presented at Berkshire Theatre Group in August 2011. It was directed by Wes Grantom.

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